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

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Anchor Books, 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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User Review  - UberButter - LibraryThing

When I mentioned this title to a friend of mine her automatic response was “Which president? Lincoln or Kennedy?” And while those may be the most well known, lets not forget the two other assassinated ... Read full review

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A Tale of Medicine, Madness and the Murder of a President This subtitle says it all. ---- I must say that I appreciated reliving history and being given an understanding of the "state" of medicine at ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue Chosen
1
The Scientific Spirit
7
Providence
20
Chapter3 A Beam in Darkness
33
Gods Minute Man
54
Chapters Bleak Mountain
66
PART
75
Real Brutuses and Bolingbrokes
99
BloodGuilty
191
PART FOUR TORTURED FOR THE REPUBLIC
199
Neither Death nor Life
201
One Nation 21 O Chapter 18 Keep Heart
221
On a Mountaintop Alone
236
Terror Hope and Despair
249
After All
257
All the Angels of the Universe
266

Casus Belli
114
Chapter to The Dark Dreams of Presidents
132
A Desperate Deed
145
PART THREE FEAR
155
Thank God It Is All Over
157
Its True
167
All Evil Consequences
176
Epilogue Forever and Forever More
286
Acknowledgments
303
Notes
309
Bibliography
367
Illustration Credits
381
Index
383
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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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