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Dark Horse: The Surprise Election and Political Murder of President James A. Garfield

Kenneth D. Ackerman

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ISBN 10: 0786711515 / ISBN 13: 9780786711512
Published by Carroll & Graf, 2003
Used Condition: Near Fine+ Hardcover
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This is a very attractive American History hardback in Near Fine+ condition with a Near Fine+ jacket. c2003. First Edition, Second Printing. This book is in very nice condition, solid and firm. It has a very bright & clean cover with very, very nice edges. The pages are tight, bright and unmarked, No names. The jacket, with price, is very bright & clean with very little shelf wear and nice edges. No black Remainder marks. Looks very close to Unread ! 551 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 013254

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Title: Dark Horse: The Surprise Election and ...

Publisher: Carroll & Graf

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine+

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine+

Edition: Second Printing.

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In post–Civil War America, politics was a brutal sport played with blunt rules. Yet James Garfield's 1881 "dark horse" campaign after the longest-ever Republican nominating process (36 convention ballots), his victory in the closest-ever popular vote for president (by only 7,018 votes out of over 9 million cast), his struggle against feuding factions once elected, and the public's response to its culmination in violence, sets a revealing comparison with America approaching a new campaign year in 2004. Author and Capitol Hill veteran Kenneth D. Ackerman re-creates an American political landscape where fierce battles for power unfolded against a chivalrous code of honor in a nation struggling under the shadow of a recent war to confront its modernity. The murder prompted leaders to recoil at their own excesses and changed the tone of politics for generations to come. Garfield's own struggle against powerful forces is a compelling human drama; the portrait of Americans coming together after his assassination exemplifies the dignity and grace that have long held the nation together in crisis.

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Kenneth D. Ackerman is also the author of YOUNG J. EDGAR: Hoover and the Red Scare, 1919-1920; BOSS TWEED: the Corrupt Pol who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York; and THE GOLD RING: Jim Fisk, Jay Gould, and Black Friday 1869.

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