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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Meredy - LibraryThing
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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Extremely readable and enlightening, this book weaves historical figures such as Alexander Graman Bell and Joseph Lister (pioneer of medical antisepsis) into its tragic account of the 20th president ... Read full review
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