Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 20, 2011 - History - 368 pages
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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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Six-word review: How professional arrogance killed a president. Extended review: I don't read much in the way of history, memoir, biography, or other narrative nonfiction. Once in a while, though, I ... Read full review

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James A. Garfield, who I did not that much about, seems like he was a very good man. A shame that his life was cut short. Even worse that the incompetence of the head physician did nothing but ... Read full review

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Contents

Pralogue Chosen
3
Providence
18
Chater_3 A Beam in Darkness
30
Gods Minute Mzln
48
Cha_pzcr5 Bleak Mountain
58
Iland and Soul
67
Real Brutuses and Bolingbrokcs
75
Brains Flesh and Blood
85
Chater15 BloolGullt_v
163
Neither Death nor Life
173
One Nation
181
Keep Heart
191
On a Mountaintop Alone
204
Chapter20 Terror Hope and Despair
215
After All
222
Epilague Forever and Forever ilore
247

Cams BrI
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Chapter IO The Dark Dreams of Presidents
113
A Desperate Deed I 25
125
Thank God It ls All Over
143
All Evil Consequence an
150
fchnowedgments
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B illiograh_v
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Illustration Credits
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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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