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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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lanewillson rated it 7 years ago
I think in part my rating of the book was, at least in part, because I was blown away by the character of President Garfield. This was compounded by the fact that I knew so little about him before reading this book. That being said, the connection of the stories of President Garfield and his assassi...
EricCWelch rated it 7 years ago
Does anyone really care about James Garfield? You will after reading this book. Were it not for the Emperor of Brazil would Alexander Bell have been relinquished to the backwater of history? And how ironic that a British Dr. Lister proclaimed knowledge that had it been followed would have saved Gar...
willemite rated it 7 years ago
If most people were to be asked today what they thought of Garfield, they would most likely offer an answer about a cartoon cat, and not the 20th president of the United States, the president who served only 200 days in office, the second president to be assassinated, and one of our great losses as ...
Meandering Em's
Meandering Em's rated it 7 years ago
Today, James Garfield is virtually unknown. But at the time of his election in 1880, he was well-respected politician. He did not seek the nomination nor did he campaign to win election. He was a dark horse to win the Republican nomination. However, there was a great conflict within the Republican...
Clif's Book World
Clif's Book World rated it 7 years ago
This is non-fiction history at its best. Candice Millard has a remarkable ability to selectively pick out interrelated story lines from an abundance of historical records and arrange them in a narrative to create a compelling read. This book focuses on the 1881 assassination of the James Garfield,...
Chris Blocker
Chris Blocker rated it 7 years ago
I am a conspiracy theorist. Friends, don’t unfriend me quite yet, please. Now I’m not one who accepts every conspiracy that comes down the pipeline as fact. I measure the evidence available to me and use my best judgment. Sometimes people are grasping for a conspiracy, other times, you have to admit...
Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud
Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud rated it 8 years ago
Rating: 4* of five The Book Description: James A. Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he...
Stephanie's books and other things
Stephanie's books and other things rated it 8 years ago
If a mentally ill person had not been able to get his hands on a gun, the secret service was doing the job that it does today, if doctors didn’t consider the science of antisepsis the way the anti science crowd considers climate change today, Ohio would have had a significant president in James A. G...
List Lover
List Lover rated it 8 years ago
An easy read about a mostly forgotten, potentially great, President. The lesson from history is that it is all too easy to let narcissistic men (usually men) in power take over and make all decisions, no matter how stupid. In this case, a doctor named Bliss, "took over" and pretty much killed Garfie...
andrea rated it 8 years ago
It was extememly facinating. Four different stories and how they intersected. I question how our county may have been different if he actually got to be President. Highly recommended.
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