The Fatal Bullet by Rick Geary

The Fatal Bullet

Geary (The Borden Tragedy, Jack The Ripper) explores the first assassination of one of our presidents in the hands of an obsessive-compulsive stalker, a deluded loser who thought his action would bring him national glory. In this typically carefully researched and constructed story, Geary parallels the lives of the President and the killer. They have striking similarities. The fascinating element is how one went so wrong while the other rose to s...

Details The Fatal Bullet

TitleThe Fatal Bullet
Release DateApr 1st, 1999
PublisherNBM Publishing
GenreHistory, Sequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Nonfiction, Mystery, Crime, True Crime, Biography

Reviews The Fatal Bullet

  • Sam Quixote
    On July 2, 1881, President James Garfield, whose term has just begun a mere 4 months earlier, was shot in the back by a delusional religious fanatic called Charles Guiteau. 2 months later Garfield would succumb to the bullet wound and shortly after Guiteau would be hanged. The assassination took place just 16 years after Lincoln's death in Ford's Theatre and the details in Garfield's case pointed to the same mistakes that allowed Lincoln to be as...
  • Taren
    Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken" starts "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood...". This is the basic outline of "The Fatal Bullet". 2 roads diverged, one traveled by our 20th President James Garfield, the other traveled by his assassin Charles Guiteau. Garfield enjoyed the American dream life: learned good lessons through hard work & determination, married his sweetheart & brought up a strong, Christian family. By chance, he found himself ...
  • Deborah
    Ah, Rick Geary, where were you when those dry, boring teachers were trying to teach me history? The assassination of James A. Garfield, about which I knew nothing, written in a comparison and contrast style as each the President and the assassin had very similar upbringings and yet chose completely different courses for their lives. Quick, brilliant read. The real struggle is whether to devour all my Rick Geary books at once or save and savor the...
  • Jennifer Daniel
    Hanging my head in shame because of how little I knew about the assasination of our 20th president, James Garfield, and he was from Ohio so double shame on me! Interesting story that followed the parrell lives of the pres and the assasin. What is it that makes one man lead the free world and the other a religious nutjob who shot the president because it was "gods will"?
  • Frank
    A solidly good read, and now I know more about James Garfield (than you). A good selection of nickle-knowledge surrounding the time and the event. My deliver him, they laid train tracks right up to the entrance of the house the Garfield was to recuperate in.
  • Andrea
    Interesting. I like how it compared/contrasted the president and his assassin.
  • Lucas
    The Fatal Bullet: The assassination of James A. Garfield is a graphic novel by Rick Geary. The novel follows the lives of both men from birth to death in a third person point of view. We start with the birth of Charles Guiteau who grows up living a hard farm life martialed by his strict father. He leaves the farm determined to do great things. After many failed attempts at being a preacher, lawyer and so on he comes upon the idea to write preside...
  • Evan Hall
    NON-FICTION CATEGORYGRAPHIC NOVEL CATEGORY"The Fatal Bullet" was an attempt to depict the divergent lives of James Garfield and his assassin, Charles Guiteau, but to do so through highlighting their similarities. Both were raised in the heartland by religious parents and both lost a parent early in their childhood. Unfortunately, the novel quickly abandons the more compelling aspects of the premise (like what specific differences in their rearing...
  • Allie
    Since reading Assassination Vacation, I am totally enamored of Garfield. While this book isn't a complete account of everything that happens (it's a graphic novel for pete's sake), it captured a sense of the event and the players. This book associated a little more grandeur to him than Sarah Vowell did, but I like that too.I have a lot of mixed feelings toward Charles Guiteau. He was obviously unstable and delusional, but there is something deepl...
  • David Bales
    Very fine graphic novel about the superficially parallel lives of James Abram Garfield, a Civil War hero and powerful member of Congress who became the 20th president of the United States in 1881, and his assassin, Charles Guiteau, a mentally unbalanced fraudster who had lurched from failed scheme to failed scheme in search of a big score. Thinking he had helped get Garfield elected president, Guiteau stalked President Garfield for weeks after he...
  • Cindy Waite
    This is a graphic, non-fiction book. I have never read a graphic novel before and found the illustrations distracting from the words. It has great information about James Garfield and his assassin Charles Guiteau. It actually compares and contrasts the lives of the two men, which have many similarities, but end up so totally opposite in the accomplishments of their lives. So the content was interesting, but I found the mode of delivery to be dist...
  • Jacqueline
    This book felt off, as I am reading another book about Garfield right now I can point out several things that were missing, Geary doesn't mention that Robert Lincoln was the one to bring Doctor Bliss to the scene, nor does he mention that Bliss may have contributed to the presidents death due to his medical practices. The book I am currently reading mentions nothing about an aneurysm, so I was confused when it was brought up here as the reason wh...
  • Michael
    Well done little book, but I would have liked much more detail. I already know bits and pieces of the story of Garfield's assassination, and there's some fascinating information that didn't make it into the book--I wish Geary had mined much deeper in his storytelling. I wanted to see more depiction of the political intrigue and personal motives surrounding Garfield, the strange religious background of Guiteau, Guiteau's often bizarre participatio...
  • Hillary
    Parallels the lives of Garfield and his assassin, Guiteau, in a way that illustrates potential paths for men in the nineteenth century, and while it doesn't discuss the medical details enough of Garfield's lingering death (it doesn't even explicitly mention the fact that the metal detector the doctors used to try to locate the bullet was in fact beeping at a spring in the mattress below him, leading to a lot of unnecessary and dangerous poking ar...
  • Hotavio
    I picked this book up in the gift shop of James Garfield National Historical Park in Ohio. The book details the lives of Garfield and his assassin Charles Guiteau up until the dastardly act. The best thing about the book is that it is a graphic novel! The art is professionally done, fully employing a range of techniques, and the telling includes some of the intrigue that plagued US politics at the time. I am delighted the this "Victorian Murder" ...
  • Marjanne
    I did not know anything about Pres. Garfield until I read this book. Granted this is fairly brief, but still somewhat interesting. And honestly it’s a presidential assassination most people are unlikely to come across in their high school US history class, so it’s good for that reason. As usual, Geary’s Treasury Of Victorian Murder has been interesting, well written and drawn, and I’ll keep reading them.
  • Salamah
    This story is about the assassination of James A. Garfield. I enjoy Rick Geary's work so I had to check this one out. I found it fascinating how the president in the late 1880's seemed like a normal everyday person. Garfield came and went as he pleased and even spoke to ordinary people. Today you nor I could get near the president! A sad story that shows how crazy some people in this world are.
  • Kristy
    An entertaining exploration of the assassination of President James A. Garfield and the somewhat parallel lives of Garfield and his assassin that were brought violently together in 1881. Geary's straightforward drawing style conveys the facts of the case while also revealing some of the personality of his subjects. A quick read, and one I want to read through again.
  • Sarah
    I love Rick Geary books. If you think that the assisasination of James Garfield sounds about as interesting as watching paint dry, then you sir are wrong. Geary paints of poignant tale of achievement and failure, power and madness that is perfectly American and highly entertaining, as well as educational.
  • Donna
    While covering many of the facts of the case, this book is not substitute for Destiny of the Republic by Candace Millard. It does cover all of the highlights. I don't think there is much in this case that lends itself particularly to the graphic format -- no real need for maps, movement of the killer, etc.
  • Rachel
    I didn't know anything about the story of the assassination of President Garfield, and I mostly picked this book up as an accompaniment to Geary's graphic novel of the Borden murders. I thought it was a very well researched book (I learned a lot about Garfield and Gatineau) and had great illustrations.
  • Emily
    With my completion of The Fatal Bullet, I have now read all the books in Geary's Victorian Murder series. Sad times. This one seemed a bit shorter than the rest, but nonetheless it was full of interesting bits of history, nefarious schemes and genuine sadness, as all of Geary's Victorian Murder comics are.
  • The
    Pretty interesting, and I learned some stuff. I'm not really a "comic book" guy, but this format actually seems to work for this type of book--makes it a little more compelling, not too dry, and lends itself to concision.
  • J.V. Seem
    Somehow I didn't find this one quite as riveting as the others in the series. Perhaps it's the politics, I don't know.The illustrations are still good, but it just lacked that chilling storytelling.
  • Stef
    This book does a fantastic job of outlining what an impressively awful person Charles J. Guiteau was, appalling right up until the very end, which further emphasizes the tragedy of the Garfield assassination.
  • Steven Pattison
    The assassination of and painful death of President James A Garfield by a complete lunatic as told by graphic novelist Rick Geary - not the best in his series, and even despite that this still was a very interesting read and history lesson.
  • Naomi
    Have an older kid who doesn't want to learn his history? Grab these books! I really find them amazing at packing in the facts in a fascinating manner. This one was no different. I enjoyed the "two sides" approach of this book.
  • Lauren
    Rick Geary has written and illustrated numerous re-tellings of historical events in graphic novel format. These would be ideal for supplementing history textbooks in school. I think that young adults would greatly enjoy being assigned these books in lieu of straight up textbooks all the time.
  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    Once again, Geary has managed to combine pictures and text to create a succinct and suspenseful narrative of the assassination of President Garfield. The biographical information on Charles Guiteau was particularly interesting, especially his time with the Oneida Community.