Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President
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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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
Review: Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a PresidentUser Review - Richard - Goodreads
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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