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

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 398 pages
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The extraordinary New York Times bestselling account of James Garfield's rise from poverty to the American presidency, and the dramatic history of his assassination and legacy, from bestselling author of The River of Doubt, Candice Millard.  
 
James Abram 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, a renowned congressman, and a reluctant presidential candidate who took on the nation's corrupt political establishment. But four months after Garfield's inauguration in 1881, he was shot in the back by a deranged office-seeker named Charles Guiteau. Garfield survived the attack, but become the object of bitter, behind-the-scenes struggles for power—over his administration, over the nation's future, and, hauntingly, over his medical care. Meticulously researched, epic in scope, and pulsating with an intimate human focus and high-velocity narrative drive, The Destiny of the Republic brings alive a forgotten chapter of U.S. history.

  

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Chester Arthur, Garfield's Vice President, was very unpopular. When people became worried that Garfield would die, a rumor was started that Arthur was Canadian and could not be President. A fascinating book about a President I knew almost nothing about. Read full review

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This history is well-researched with quality endnotes and an extensive bibliography. The writing is tight and the story reads like a novel where events like the tense voting at the Republican ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue Chosen
1
The Scientific Spirit
20
C 2ajter3 A Beam in Darkness
33
Gods Minute Man
54
Bleak Mountain
66
Hand and Soul
87
Brains Flesh and Blood
99
Carus Belli
114
Chapter18 Keep Heart
221
On a Mountaintop Alone 2 36
236
Terror Hope and Despair
249
After All
257
All the Angels of the Universe
266
Epilogue Forever and Forever More
286
Acknowledgments
303
Notes
309

Chapter I2 Thank God It Is All Over
157
Its True
167
PART FOUR
199
One Nation
210
The Dark Dreams of Presidents
331
Bibliography
367
Illustration Credits
381
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About the author (2012)

Candice Millard, the New York Times-bestselling author of The River of Doubt, is a former editor and contributing writer at National Geographic magazine. She lives in Kansas City with her husband and children.

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