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

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Thorndike Press, Mar 7, 2012 - History - 625 pages
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James A. Garfield was considered an extraordinary men to be elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a 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 story of a nation in turmoil. The unhinged assassin's half-delivered strike shattered the fragile national mood of a country fractured by civil war, and left the wounded president as the object of a bitter struggle for power - over his administration, over the nation's future, and 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 worked around the clock to invent a new device capable of finding the bullet.

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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

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About the author (2012)

Candice Millard is a former writer and editor for National Geographic magazine. Millard's first book, The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey, was a New York Times bestseller and was named one of the best books of the year by a number of publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and Christian Science Monitor. The River of Doubt was also a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a Book Sense Pick, was a finalist for the Quill Awards, and won the William Rockhill Nelson Award. Millard's second book, The Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine & the Murder of a President, was released in September 2011. Millard's book, Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill, made the New York Times Bestseller list in 2016.

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