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The Destiny of the Republic

A Tale of Medicine, Madness and the Murder of A President
Millard, Candice (eBook - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Destiny of the Republic


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A narrative account of the twentieth president's political career offers insight into his background as a scholar and Civil War hero, his battles against the corrupt establishment, and Alexander Graham Bell's failed attempt to save him from an assassin's bullet.
Authors: Millard, Candice
Title: The destiny of the republic
a tale of medicine, madness and the murder of a president
[electronic resource]
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, c2011.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 319 p., [16] p. of plates) :,ill.
Contents: Prologue: Chose
Promise
The scientific spirit
Providence
A light in the wilderness
God's minuteman
Bleak mountain
War
Hand and soul
Real Brutuses and Bolingbrokes
Brains, flesh, and blood
Casus belli
The dark dreams of presidents
"A desperate deed"
Fear
"Thank God it is all over"
"It's true"
All evil consequences
Blood-guilty
"The whole nation kin"
Neither death nor life
One nation
Hope
On a mountaintop, alone
Terror, hope, and despair
One : after all
Two : all the angels of the universe
The scientific spirit.
Summary: A narrative account of the twentieth president's political career offers insight into his background as a scholar and Civil War hero, his battles against the corrupt establishment, and Alexander Graham Bell's failed attempt to save him from an assassin's bullet.
Local Note: 23
ISBN: 9780385535007
0385535007
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Report This Aug 03, 2013
  • CJA1910 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a wonderfully well-written account of the presidency of James A Garfield, a look into the fine character of the man, and his tragic death at the hands of a lunatic. There is also an frightening look into the medical practices of the time. A great read.

Report This Mar 27, 2013
  • JCLBarbG rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Candice Millard does a great job of storytelling in this narrative non-fiction book. Garfield is someone that I knew little about and she told his story in a fascinating way.

What a well-written book. I was worried it would be boring, with a heavy slant toward political history. Instead, the writing is clear, well-thought out, and a great story. Fans of Erik Larson might enjoy this read as well.

Report This Jul 22, 2012
  • Rhesa324 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent, fascinating read!

Report This Jul 12, 2012
  • ganymede__ rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow - what a fantastic read. Almost as suspenseful as Devil in the White City! It was a really good historical and personal look into one of our often mislooked Presidents.

Report This Jul 05, 2012
  • Vap12 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I had low expectations for this one but it was fantastic. The way the author brings together important historical characters makes it feel more like enjoyable fiction than a tedious biography.

Report This Apr 17, 2012
  • auntrock1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Best biography of Garfield ever!

Report This Jan 21, 2012
  • sixtyfive rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a fascinating look at some of the lesser known aspects of presidential history. Millard has really done an exceptional job of research and tied it all together in a very significant way linking Garfield, Guiteau, Bell and Lister. This brings out the signficane of the day. Absolutely brilliant!

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