As we lean into a new presidency, it's good to look back on the old. Seeing how past leaders dealt with the pressing matters of their day can help us as a nation put into perspective the challenges of today. No better place can be found to start this journey into history than the biography section of the library.
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The Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Medicine, Madness, and the Murder of a President by Candice MillardJames A. Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back.
by Doris Kearns Goodwin
A monumental work, a brilliantly conceived chronicle of one of the most vibrant and revolutionary periods in the history of the United States. With an extraordinary collection of details, Goodwin masterfully weaves together a striking number of story lines--Eleanor and Franklin's marriage and remarkable partnership, Eleanor's life as First Lady, and FDR's White House and its impact on America as well as on a world at war. Goodwin effectively melds these details and stories into an unforgettable and intimate portrait of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt and of the time during which a new, modern America was born.
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