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  - everfresh1 - LibraryThing

The book provides a very detailed account of assassination of president James Garfield, including combination of events that led to it and futile attempts to save that very likable president. It's makes for a very interesting read most of the times, it just slowed down after Garfield shooting. Read full review

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User Review  - kwbridge - LibraryThing

Chester Arthur, Garfield's Vice President, was very unpopular. When people became worried that Garfield would die, a rumor was started that Arthur was Canadian and could not be President. A fascinating book about a President I knew almost nothing about. 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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