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  - 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

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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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