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The Assassination Plot Against President Garfield
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Winner of the 2022 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults AwardKirkus Reviews Best Book★ "An unforgettable book." —School Library Journal, starred reviewThis thrilling title...
Winner of the 2022 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults AwardKirkus Reviews Best Book★ "An unforgettable book." —School Library Journal, starred reviewThis thrilling title...
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  • Winner of the 2022 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award
    Kirkus Reviews Best Book
    ★ "An unforgettable book." —School Library Journal, starred review
    This thrilling title for young readers blends science, history, and medical mysteries to tell the story of the assassination and ultimately horrible death of President James Garfield.

    James Abram Garfield, the 20th President of the United States, was assassinated when he was shot by Charles Guiteau in July 1881, less than four months after he was elected president. But Garfield didn't actually die until 80 days later. In this page-turner, award-winning author Gail Jarrow delves into the fascinating story of the relationship between Garfield and Guiteau, and relates the gruesome details of Garfield's slow and agonizing death. She reveals medical mistakes made in the aftermath of Garfield's assassination, including the faulty diagnoses and outdated treatments that led to the president's demise. This gripping blend of science, history, and mystery—the latest title in the Medical Fiascoes series—is nonfiction for kids at its best: exciting and relevant and packed with plenty of villains and horrifying facts.

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  • Gail Jarrow is the author of nonfiction books and novels for readers ages 8-18. Her nonfiction books have earned the Sibert Honor; the Orbis Pictus Honor; the YALSA Award Nomination for Excellence in Nonfiction; a Notable Social Studies Trade Book, Outstanding Science Trade Book; a NSTA Best STEM book; the Jefferson Cup Award; the Eureka! Gold Award; as well as Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal Best Books and VOYA Honor Book distinctions. You can find her at gailjarrow.com.

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  • Kirkus

    September 1, 2021
    The latest installment of Jarrow's Medical Fiascoes series dissects the assassination of President James Garfield. A dark horse presidential candidate selected on the 36th ballot of the Republican convention as a compromise between warring factions of the party, Garfield nonetheless came from a solid background: The last president born in a log cabin, into a hardscrabble Ohio farming family, he rose to graduate from Williams College, served as an officer in the Civil War, and spent 17 years in the House of Representatives. In his first months as president, he deplored the political patronage system that left him responsible for filling thousands of jobs. One of those who was convinced Garfield owed him an appointment was Charles Guiteau, an itinerant swindler with grandiose delusions. On July 2, 1880, Guiteau shot Garfield in a D.C. train station--but it took 80 days of medical mismanagement for Garfield to die. With characteristic thoroughness, Jarrow tells the entire story, including details from Garfield's children's diaries and numerous other firsthand sources as well as many illustrations. The volume's attractive design and clear, accessible text make it eminently readable. Garfield's illness united the country, and his death led to civil service reform and the advancement of germ theory--but readers are left mourning his loss. Invites appreciation of and affection for a president nearly everyone has forgotten. (glossary, timeline, websites, author's note, source notes, bibliography, index, picture credits) (Nonfiction. 10-14)

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    Starred review from November 1, 2021

    Gr 4-9-Jarrow continues her "Medical Fiascoes" series with a compelling account of the life and death of James Garfield, the 20th President of the United States. Clearly presenting the figures of Garfield and Charles Guiteau, Jarrow's analysis of the lead up to the assassination and its aftermath is a mesmerizing read. Readers, who most likely already know the outcome of the July 2, 1881 shooting, will be rooting for Garfield's survival along with the nation as it receives daily updates from the president's medical team. The author has provided a multitude of primary sources to enhance the immediacy of her writing. The ramifications of each medical decision are reviewed and placed in their political and the historical contexts. The slow, lingering death of James Garfield in the summer heat of Washington, D.C., the anger of the American people, and the mental instability of the assassin all combine to make this an unforgettable book. Back matter includes glossary, time line, more to explore online websites, author's note, source notes, extensive bibliography, index, and picture credits. VERDICT Highly recommended for fans of medical nonfiction. Works by Mary Roach and other titles by Jarrow.-Susan Catlett, Green Run H.S., Virginia Beach

    Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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    November 1, 2021
    Grades 5-8 *Starred Review* This well-researched, engaging second entry in the Medical Fiascoes series recounts the torturous medical treatment President Garfield endured after being shot by an assassin on July 2, 1881. Jarrow reveals how ignorance of the cause of infection, as well as the improper sanitary methods used by Garfield's doctors, resulted in Garfield's painfully slow death--he lingered for 80 days after being shot by Charles J. Guiteau. The book opens with the shooting and then goes back to describe Garfield's background and rise to prominence. Jarrow devotes other chapters to Guiteau, a fame-obsessed con artist, and his plot for assassinating Garfield. The public's intense interest in the president's ordeal is described, as is how lead doctor Bliss and other doctors misrepresented and lied to them about the president's health. Garfield's death resulted in the abolishment of the political spoils system and wider embrace of Joseph Lister's sanitary medical practices. The primary source materials (diaries, letters, interviews) are revealing, and the many historical photos and full-page illustrations from newspapers and magazines of the time are appealing. Each chapter's intriguing last sentence invites continued reading. Readers unfamiliar with this nearly forgotten president will find themselves admiring him for his forbearance and good nature throughout his ordeal. Well sourced and highly recommended.

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