It's not often that I request a book in CD format that is nonfiction. But I'm very glad that I listened to this outstanding account of the life and death of President James Garfield. It is available in both traditional book format and on CD but I will strongly urge the reader to give this book a listen in the CD format. It is read by Paul Michael who does such an engaging vocal read that I was as enthralled with the story as any mystery-suspense book I have ever read. Of course the author deserves praise for her compelling and emotional documentation of Garfield's life and short term as president of a nation torn apart by the death of President Abraham Lincoln and the recent cessation of the Civil War. History was never this interesting in any class I ever took. It will move the reader in many ways. Garfield was a true statesman who was elected to the highest office in our country without ever once applying for or acknowledging any interest in it. He accepted the nomination with a sense of dread. The backdrop of political intrigue, proliferation of inventions, advancement in medicine and the refusal to accept new ideas leads to a fantastic read (listen).