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Chester Alan Arthur: The American Presidents Series: The 21st President, 1881-1885

Chester Alan Arthur: The American Presidents Series: The 21st President, 1881-1885

(Book #21 in the American Presidents series)


Book Overview: Chester Alan Arthur: The American Presidents Series: The 21st President, 1881-1885

The Gilded Age bon vivant who became America's unlikeliest chief executive-and who presided over a sweeping reform of the system that nurtured him: Chester Alan Arthur.

Chester Alan Arthur never dreamed that one day he would be president of the United States. A successful lawyer, Arthur had been forced out as the head of the Custom House of the Port of New York in 1877 in a power struggle between the two wings of the Republican Party. He became such a celebrity that he was nominated for vice president in 1880-despite his never having run for office before.

Elected alongside James A. Garfield, Arthur found his life transformed just four months into his term, when an assassin shot and killed Garfield, catapulting Arthur into the presidency. The assassin was a deranged man who thought he deserved a federal job through the increasingly corrupt spoils system. To the surprise of many, Arthur, a longtime beneficiary of that system, saw that the time had come for reform. His opportunity came in the winter of 1882-83, when he pushed through the Pendleton Act, which created a professional civil service and set America on a course toward greater reforms in the decades to come.

Chester Arthur may be largely forgotten today, but Zachary Karabell eloquently shows how this unexpected president-of whom so little was expected-rose to the occasion when fate placed him in the White House.

By exploring the Gilded Age's parallels with our own divisive political scene, Karabell does an excellent job of cementing the volume's relevance for contemporary readers. - Publishers Weekly

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PublisherTimes Books
Publication Date2004
Edition1st edition
Dimensionsin x in x in
Weight lbs
Zachary Karabell is a renowned author, historian, and economist with a celebrated ability to dissect global trends and provide insightful socio-economic analysis. An Ivy league scholar, Karabell earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University, post which his intellectual prowess has been highly sought after in the areas of international affairs and economics. His indelible contribution to literature includes multiple critically acclaimed books such as “The Leading Indicators” and “Superfusion.” These works have established Karabell as a leading voice in global economics, offering novel perspectives and proposing futurist solutions. His written work routinely grapples with intricate issues in global finance, geopolitics and history while bridging the knowledge gap for his readers. Additionally, Karabell has also served as an executive at Brown Brothers Harriman and is a senior advisor for Business for Social Responsibility. He's a regular commentator on MSNBC, CNBC, and CNN, using his wealth of intellect to contribute to timely economic debates. With his unique credentials and multi-disciplinary viewpoint, Zachary Karabell stands as an influential figurehead in today’s global economic discourse.

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