AuthorAckerman, Kenneth D.
TitleDark horse : the surprise election and political murder of President James A. Garfield / Kenneth D. Ackerman.
Edition[1st Carroll & Graf ed.].
PublishedNew York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, [2003]
Description551 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bib. NoteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 457-467) and index.
Formatted NoteContents: The great contest, 1880: Chicago; The hero; Bosses; First volley; The break; Compromise; Chance of a lifetime -- Candidate: The bargain; The narrowest margin -- President-elect: Garfield "doesn't sleep excellently well" -- President: The appointment; The senate; Stalwart of the stalwarts -- Calamity: Bulletins; Arthur.
Summary NoteSummary: In this book Kenneth Ackerman re-creates an American political landscape where fierce battles for power unfolded against a chivalrous code of honor in a country struggling to emerge from the long shadow of recent war. He casts familiar Civil War figures like Ulysses S. Grant and Winfield Scott Hancock in unfamiliar roles as politicos alongside feuding machine bosses like senators Roscoe Conkling and James G. Blaine and backroom string-puller Chester A. Arthur, Garfield's unlikely vice-presidential running mate. The journey through political backrooms, dazzling convention floors, and intrigue-filled congressional and White House chambers, reveals the era's decency and humanity as well as the sharp partisanship that exploded in the pistol shots of assassin Charles Guiteau, the weak-minded political camp follower and patronage seeker eager to replace the elected commander-in-chief with one of his own choosing. Garfield's path from a seat in the House of Representatives to the White House to martyred hero changed the tone of politics for generations to come.
Acq. Note SourceGift of Kermit Pike, 2015.
Garfield, James A.
Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881.
Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881
Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881 -- Assassination.
Guiteau, Charles J. (Charles Julius), 1841-1882.
Guiteau, Charles J. (Charles Julius), 1841-1882
Politics and government
Presidents -- Election.
Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1880.
United States.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1881-1885.
USA -- Präsident.
Electronic Res.Publisher description
LC Card Number2003-279535
Call Number/Copies 
 WRHS Research Library: E 687 A182 2003
CA-1501337 c.1: LC class, closed stacks [status: NON-CIRCULATING]
[Record 31370]