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Destiny of the Republic
A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
by Candice Millard
- Publisher: Doubleday
- Awards: Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime (2012), Andrew Carnegie Medal Nominee for Nonfiction (2012), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for History & Biography (2011)
- ISBN: 9780385526265 (0385526261)
- Format: hardcover, 339 pages
- Release date: September 20, 2011
- Characters: James A. Garfield, Charles Guiteau
- Genres: history, biography, presidents, politics, historical
- Language: english
- Author: Candice Millard
About The Book
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 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 powerful story of a nation in turmoil. The unhinged assassin’s half-delivered strike shattered the fragile national mood of a country so recently fractured by civil war, and left the wounded president as the object of a bitter behind-the-scenes struggle for power — over his administration, over the nation’s future, and, hauntingly, 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, the inventor of the telephone, worked around the clock to invent a new device capable of finding the bullet.
Meticulously researched, epic in scope, and pulsating with an intimate human focus and high-velocity narrative drive, The Destiny of the Republic will stand alongside The Devil in the White City and The Professor and the Madman as a classic of narrative history.
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