Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
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. For a man forced into the presidency, the legacy of... show more
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. For a man forced into the presidency, the legacy of James Garfield extended far beyond his lifetime, and Destiny of the Republic revisits his meteoric rise within the military and government with meticulous research and intimate focus. Garfield was a passionate advocate of freed slaves, a reformer at odds with Republican power brokers and machine politics, a devoted father, and a spellbinding speech-giver. Four months after taking office he was shot twice by an unhinged office-seeker, Charles Guiteau, and a nation already recently fractured by war shattered, leaving the wounded president at the center of a bitter, behind-the-scenes struggle for power. Examining the medical reform spurred by Garfield's unsanitary medical treatment, and reflecting on the surprising political reform brought on by his former political enemy Senator Roscoe Conkling, Destiny of the Republic passionately brings President Garfield's unknown-but-widely-felt legacy into focus.
Publish date: June 12th 2012
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
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It is without hesitation that I give this biography 5 stars and wish that I could give it more. Everything about this book is wonderfully done, resulting in nonfiction that is every bit as captivating as any novel. I knew next to nothing about James Garfield before listening to this book, but I am h...
What a fantastic book about James Garfield, the times he lived in, and his assassination. Candice Millard writes in the style of Erik Larson and The Devil in the White City where she tells the story but also discusses many other aspects of the society at the time. This story features Garfield, his...
Author: Candace Millard Narrator: Paul Michael Rating: An enthusiastic 5 stars This account of the events leading up to and following the assassination of President James A. Garfield was a great read. I feel like this book is what non-fiction is about - learning things you didn't know, an auth...
Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I expected a more scholarly approach to President Garfield's life and assassination.
I wasn't sure I would end up liking this book but somehow through the beginning pages I couldn't seem to make myself look away. Candice Millard does a supurb job bringing to life the times, emotions and plights then branches off into such an impressive story that I found myself drawn in from beginni...