Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

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Read Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President Online Free - James 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.

But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil. The unhinged assassin’s half-delivered strike shattered the fragile national mood of a country so recently fractured by civil war, and left the wounded president as the object of a bitter behind-the-scenes struggle for power—over his administration, over the nation’s future, and, hauntingly, over his medical care. A team of physicians administered shockingly archaic treatments, to disastrous effect. As his con­dition worsened, Garfield received help: Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, worked around the clock to invent a new device capable of finding the bullet.

Meticulously researched, epic in scope, and pulsating with an intimate human focus and high-velocity narrative drive, The Destiny of the Republic will stand alongside The Devil in the White City and The Professor and the Madman as a classic of narrative history.



Title : Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
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ISBN : 0385526261
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 339 pages


Reviews


Jeffrey rated it ★★★★★

May 30, 2016

In recent years I've been attracted to books about obscure presidents. When I read about the Candice Millard book on James Garfield I was instantly intrigued. I mean no one knows much of anything about Garfield including myself. He is easy to pass over because he barely survived 6 months into his...


Elyse rated it ★★★★★

June 08, 2017

I'm excited that I'm excited!!!! Does this make sense?? Have you ever been excited that you are REALLY EXCITED??? In a VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME I've read books about 3 American Past Presidents.... I'm pleased to say.... just like the positive late bloomer reader experience WHEN A LIGHT SWITCH WEN...


Miles rated it ★★★★★

April 18, 2012

If you're like me, I'll bet you haven't given President James Garfield much thought either. Have you? Come on, admit it. He was elected in 1880, shot in 1881 and gone in months, and suddenly it was all Chester Arthur, all the time. But here's a book that manages to make mountains out of this mole...


Will rated it ★★★★★

January 07, 2015

If most people were to be asked today what they thought of Garfield, they would most likely offer an answer about a cartoon cat, and not the 20th president of the United States, the president who served only 200 days in office, the second president to be assassinated, and one of our great losses...


Candi rated it ★★★★★

February 24, 2016

"There would come a time when the story of James Garfield's early life would be widely admired. Throughout the nation and around the world, his extraordinary rise from fatherlessness and abject poverty would make him the embodiment of the American dream." This is an outstanding biography of the 20...


Matt rated it ★★★★☆

September 28, 2016

History has not done much to remember the 20th President of the United States. Perhaps it was because James A. Garfield was shot just four months into his term of office. Or maybe it’s because he has the misfortune to share a surname with an orange cartoon cat who loves lasagna and hates Mondays....


Diane rated it ★★★★☆

March 29, 2017

This is another fascinating history book from Candice Millard. Destiny of the Republic is about the life of President James Garfield and Charles Guiteau, the deranged man who assassinated him in 1881. There's also great stuff on the history of medicine, including how long it took before American...


Michael rated it ★★★☆☆

December 15, 2013

I learned a lot of facts from this account of the 1881 Garfield assassination, and I was moved by the plight of good people handicapped by the lack modern advances in presidential security and medical care. But I wasn’t enthralled with how the pieces of the book came together or with the limited...


Stephanie rated it ★★★★★

May 07, 2014

If a mentally ill person had not been able to get his hands on a gun, the secret service was doing the job that it does today, if doctors didn’t consider the science of antisepsis the way the anti science crowd considers climate change today, Ohio would have had a significant president in James A...


Richard rated it ★★★★☆

April 18, 2013

This well-written and tragic story has been revised and can now be found in a place of honor at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud.





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