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


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Katie Walker, January 23, 2012 (view all comments by Katie Walker)
When I pick up Destiny of the Republic, I never thought I would find myself so invested in the story of James Garfield's life, and death. His short Presidency, in my opinion, made him little more than a footnote in the history of the US, but as I read, I discovered a deep admiration for a man who never aspired to the highest office in the US and began to feel an abiding sadness that his life, and Presidency, was cut so short.

Destiny of the Republic is a gripping, heartbreaking read. It's well written and will keep anyone who loves a good drama engrossed from beginning to end.
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bhowe, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by bhowe)
This is a well-written examination of the mortal travesty that befell a little known president - who held great promise as the nation's political leader - only months into office.
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l.tobias, January 5, 2012 (view all comments by l.tobias)
Great book
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adam.declercq, January 3, 2012 (view all comments by adam.declercq)
This was an amazing non-fiction, political, social, biographical thriller. This is right up there with Devil in the White City. There was a ton of suspense, and fascinating science. I'd highly recommend this book.
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fredo, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by fredo)
Great slice of American history after the Civil War. Very good pacing,a quick read, moving story.
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A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
Millard, Candice
Doubleday Books
United States - General
US History-1860 to 1920
US History-19th Century
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9.53 x 6.44 x 1.24 in 1.54 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This rendering of an oft-told tale brings to life a moment in the nation's history when access to the president was easy, politics bitter, and medical knowledge slight. James A. Garfield, little recalled today, gained the Republican nomination for president in 1880 as a dark-horse candidate and won. Then, breaking free of the sulfurous factional politics of his party, he governed honorably, if briefly, until shot by an aggrieved office seeker. Under Millard's (The River of Doubt) pen, Garfield's deranged assassin, his incompetent doctors (who, for example, ignored antisepsis, leading to a blood infection), and the bitter politics of the Republican Party come sparklingly alive through deft characterizations. Even Alexander Graham Bell, who hoped that one of his inventions might save the president's life, plays a role. Millard also lays the groundwork for a case that, had Garfield lived, he would have proved an effective and respected chief executive. Today, he would surely have survived, probably little harmed by the bullet that lodged in him, but unimpeded infection took his life. His death didn't greatly harm the nation, and Millard's story doesn't add much to previous understanding, but it's hard to imagine its being better told. Illus. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "One of the many pleasures of Candice Millard's new book, Destiny of the Republic, [is] that she brings poor Garfield to life — and a remarkable life it was....Fascinating... Outstanding....Millard has written us a penetrating human tragedy."
"Review" by , "A spirited tale that intertwines murder, politics and medical mystery, Candice Millard leaves us feeling that Garfield's assassination deprived the nation not only of a remarkably humble and intellectually gifted man but one who perhaps bore the seeds of greatness....splendidly drawn portraits....Alexander Graham Bell makes a bravura appearance."
"Review" by , "Fascinating......Gripping.....Stunning....has a much bigger scope than the events surrounding Garfield's slow, lingering death. It is the haunting tale of how a man who never meant to seek the presidency found himself swept into the White House....Ms. Millard shows the Garfield legacy to be much more important than most of her readers knew it to be."
"Review" by , "Crisp, concise and revealing history....Millard has crafted a fresh narrative that plumbs some of the most dramatic days in U.S. presidential history."
"Review" by , "[Millard demonstrates] the power of expert storytelling to wonderfully animate even the simplest facts....make[s] for compulsive reading. Superb American history."
"Review" by , "Splendidly insightful....stands securely at the crossroads of popular and professional history."
"Review" by , "In this brilliant and riveting work, Candice Millard demonstrates the power of narrative nonfiction. Through exhaustive research and flawless storytelling, she has brought to life one of the most harrowing and fascinating sagas in American history — a saga filled with political intrigue, a mad assassin, and a frantic scientific struggle to save the life of a noble president. This is a book that is impossible to put down."
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