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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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About the Author

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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Table of Contents

Prologue: Chose — Promise — The scientific spirit — Providence — A light in the wilderness — God's minuteman — Bleak mountain — War — Hand and soul — Real Brutuses and Bolingbrokes — Brains, flesh, and blood — Casus belli — The dark dreams of presidents — "A desperate deed" — Fear — "Thank God it is all over" — "It's true" — All evil consequences — Blood-guilty — "The whole nation kin" — Neither death nor life — One nation — Hope — On a mountaintop, alone — Terror, hope, and despair — One : after all — Two : all the angels of the universe — The scientific spirit.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385535007
Subtitle:
A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Author:
Millard, Candice
Publication Date:
20110920
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
368

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History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century
History and Social Science » US History » General

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