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

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Thorndike Press, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 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  - Brian Andersen - Goodreads

Quite easily the best historical bio I've ever read. The author should be proud. I think that even a person not interested or one who doesn't read historical material would enjoy this as it reads like ... Read full review

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User Review  - Velmajean Miller - Goodreads

An extraordinary man and president I knew so little about! fascinating that medical care resulted in his death. Read full review

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.

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