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Chester Alan Arthur (American Presidents Series)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Another Excellent Volume of this Great Series

    I'll say up front, that this book may not be for everyone. If one doesn't particularly care for the history of the Republican party, specifically the conflict between Half Breeds and Stalwarts, then this probably won't appeal to them.

    Zachary Karabell has seemingly done the impossible. He took one of the forgotten names of the presidency, and made a strong argument for him being amongst the best presidents our country has ever had. Arthur is probably best known for being the man who became president following Garfield's assassination, and for signing the Pendleton act. But Karabell shows that there was a lot more to him than those two things.

    Karabell also doesn't pull any punches, he freely admits how much Arthur benefited from the kickbacks that he received as Collector of the Port of New York, and his very loose work ethic (he never did today, what could be put off until tomorrow). So it's not like he paints Arthur as being something he wasn't. But, shortcomings like that are counterbalanced with some of his great achievements in office, in addition to the Pendleton act, his veto of a bill that would have deported millions of immigrants, his push to use some of the country's $100 Million dollar surplus to advance the U.S. Navy, and a veto of a Rivers and Harbors Act that would have appropriated federal funds in a manner he thought excessive.

    In addition to Arthur, Karabell also gives the reader great insight to other names of the time period such as Roscoe Conkling and James G. Blaine, who were very important to Arthur's political career.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2007

    About Time

    Having read about fifteen of the series I can say that the author's writing style of this long-needed account of Chester A. Arthur's obscure Presidency is by far superior to any of the other prominent historians read so far. A very interesting premise is posed by the author that Arthur's support for the Pendleton Act and Civil Service Reform lays the basis for the latter day Progressive movement and growth of governmental sprawl. More of Arthur's interesting personal life should ,however, been included. Once again a tremendous writer in the author--Zachary Karabell.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2004

    The Greatest President

    Chester Alan Arthur was the greatest president of the United States. Chester A. Arthur (The American Presidents Series) clearly displays the amazing turnaround of Arthur from corruption to outstanding leadership at home and abroad. He deserves the praise of all Americans. If he had not had such a difficult Congress to work with, the nation would know more about Arthur and some of the quite fascinating ideas he had. Arthur was a leader, and should still be among the United States of America and the world.

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