Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
ISBN: 0767929713
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Language: English
Pages: 432
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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.

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.

Total Run Time: 10 hours.

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   Destiny of the Republic. Millard
I heard the author interviewed on radio years ago when this book was coming out. She cried for Garfield there. I knew that this was a great book and eventually remembered to read it. I was right. We have killed all the great presidents, Garfield the best specimen of them all perhaps. I wondered all along my life what would history read had we not? Do not miss this book if you are inspired by the truly good.
 
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   Why Garfield?
I was surprised by the amount of marble dedicated to the memorializing of James Garfield when I first visited the Capitol. 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 crazy man. I was exposed to my ignorance by Ms Millard's book. Garfield had the ability to be a great president. The author gives us a frightening portrait of his murderer, as well as a critical examination of the primitive medicine of the time that contributed to his death. Alexander Graham Bell did more than invent the telephone. My knowledge of Garfield is as vast as that of all of them. Everyone should read this little book.
 
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   Who was Garfield?
The life of James Garfield was told in the book. The author thoroughly discussed every aspect of Lyndon Johnson's life in the book series we just finished. This was not a good look at the life of the twentieth president and his people. He was only in office for a few months, so maybe it was difficult to write anything about him.
 
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