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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.Destiny of the Republic PDF

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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Candice Millard is the author of three books, all New York Times bestsellers and named one of the best books of the year by publications from the New York Times to the Washington Post. Her first book, The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a Book Sense Pick, won the William Rockhill Nelson Award and was a finalist for the Quill Awards. It has been printed in Portuguese, Mandarin, Japanese and Korean, as well as a British edition. Millard’s second book, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine & the Murder of a President, won the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime, the PEN Center USA award for Research Nonfiction, the One Book-One Lincoln Award, the Ohioana Award and the Kansas Notable Book Award. Her most recent book, Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill, was an Indie Next pick, a top ten critics pick by the New York Times and named ’s number one history book of 2016. Millard’s work has also appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post Book World, the Guardian, National Geographic and Time magazine. She lives in Kansas City with her husband and three children.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Doubleday; 1st edition (September 20, 2011)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
  • International Standard Book Number-10 ‏ : ‎ 0385526261
  • International Standard Book Number-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0385526265
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.6 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.31 x 1.23 x 9.49 inches

Top reviews

Robert A. Hall
 A must read for political, history and medicine buffs.

October 17, 2016

My wife and I both wanted to read this excellent history for a book club we belong to, so we obtained a copy on CD and listened to it on our recent 2,100 mile vacation to NC and VA. It is a must for American history buffs. Though I’m a recovering politician with a masters in history, I knew little about Garfield beyond the facts that he was a Union Civil War General, had been elected president as a Republican and was assassinated shortly after taking office. I came to respect and like the man through Millard’s treatment. I was surprised to find that he had not sought the nomination, had been for Sen. John Sherman, and was nominated against his wishes when the GOP convention bolted to him on the 36th ballot. I was also impressed with the kind of man he was. And dismayed to discover that his wound should not have been fatal, that what killed him was the introduction of infection by his doctors, especially the chief I’m-in-charge-here Dr. Bliss, as they did not believe in Lister’s germ theory. An interesting subtheme was the efforts of Alexander Graham Bell to invent a machine that would locate the bullet in Garfield’s body. It worked, except that Dr. Bliss would only let Bell try the machine on Garfield’s right side where he wrongly but strongly believed the bullet was lodged. Bell’s machine went on to save many lives before x-Rays were developed. I previously enjoyed Millard’s book “River of Doubt” and am looking forward to reading her “Hero of the Empire.” She is a treasure for those of us who still care about history.

Robert A. Hall
Author: The Coming Collapse of the American Republic

 Why Garfield?

September 24, 2016

Years ago, when I first visited the Capitol, I was surprised by the amount of marble devoted to the memorializing of James Garfield. My cynicism about politics led to the conclusion that he was a political hack whose Republican friends appropriated a lot of money to convince visitors that he was a great President, despite serving only a few months in office before being assassinated by a raving lunatic. Ms Millard’s fascinating book exposed my ignorance. Garfield was an extraordinary man who had the potential to become a great president. As a bonus, the author treats us to a frightening portrait of his murderer, as well as a critical examination of the primitive medicine of the time that contributed to his death. Finally, we get a mini-biography of Alexander Graham Bell, who did a lot more than invent the telephone. All whose ignorance of Garfield is as expansive as mine, i.e. almost everyone, should read this little treasure of a book.
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