Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President (Google eBook)
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.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Review: Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a PresidentUser Review - Keenan Johnston - Goodreads
Who ever thinks about our 6-month President James Garfield other than trying to come up with who the 4th assassinated President was? I certainly knew nothing about the man, but after reading this book ... Read full review
Review: Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a PresidentUser Review - Goodreads
Really enjoyed this one. Not just with regard to the assassination but also with regard to the different type of medical attempts to save Garfield's life. Not in my view as great as A Night of Horrors (Lincoln Assassination) but nearly as good. Read full review
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