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Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President - Community Reviews back

by Candice Millard
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Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it 2 years ago
Destiny of the Republic-Candice Millard, author; Paul Michael, narrator Millard has written a book that desperately needed to be written about a President whose brief time in office is not well known, a President who only served the United States in that capacity for less than a year, but whose impa...
Carpe Librum
Carpe Librum rated it 4 years ago
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...
Book Thoughts
Book Thoughts rated it 5 years ago
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...
I Love Books
I Love Books rated it 6 years ago
Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I expected a more scholarly approach to President Garfield's life and assassination.
 ~*Krissys Bookshelf Reviews*~
~*Krissys Bookshelf Reviews*~ rated it 6 years ago
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...
Seriously, Read a Book!
Seriously, Read a Book! rated it 6 years ago
What a great way to start out my 2014 mission to get to know the presidents! Candice Millard does a great job of interweaving the stories of multiple characters (à la Erik Larson in The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America): James Garfield, Charles Gui...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it 6 years ago
James Garfield is one of those on the list of American presidents no one remembers, if not for the fact he is one of four of our presidents to be assassinated, the second after Lincoln. I had also heard before that Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, attempted to use a new invention of...
AmySea
AmySea rated it 7 years ago
I read Destiny of the Republic directly after reading [b:The President Is a Sick Man: Wherein the Supposedly Virtuous Grover Cleveland Survives a Secret Surgery at Sea and Vilifies the Courageous Newspaperman Who Dared Expose the Truth|10146243|The President Is a Sick Man Wherein the Supposedly Vir...
spoko
spoko rated it 7 years ago
This books teeters on the line between presenting a complex historical portrait and, at the same time, clearly identifying a bad guy—namely, Dr. D. Willard Bliss. Unfortunately, the balance seems to have been impossible to strike, and the book finally devolves into a character attack. Bliss was cert...
Telynor's Library, and then some
Telynor's Library, and then some rated it 7 years ago
A very clearly written, very engaging account of the assassination of James Garfield, and going into the backgrounds of both Garfield and his killer. Along the way we get to learn about political corruption and other shenanigans, mental illness, and the hazards of medical treatment in the late ninet...
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