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

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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.

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CANDICE MILLARD is the New York Times bestselling author of The River of Doubt. She lives in Kansas City with her husband and children.

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ISBN:
9780307939654
Author:
Millard, Candice
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Author:
Michael, Paul
Author:
Cand
Author:
ice Millard
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
US History-General
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Edition Description:
Eight CD
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.8 x 5.07 x 1.06 in 0.5 lb

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