The Destiny of the Republic

A Tale of Medicine, Madness and the Murder of A President

Millard, Candice

eBook - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Destiny of the Republic
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.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2011.
ISBN: 9780385535007
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 319 p., [16] p. of plates) :,ill.


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Jun 27, 2014
  • MVK912 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Well written biography incorporating historical events and people of the time. If you like history, or are researching the late 1870's - early 1880's, this is the book for you. President Garfield was a very interesting man. What else would he have accomplished if he had lived!

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.

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.

Sep 06, 2012

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.

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

Excellent, fascinating read!

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.

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.

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

Best biography of Garfield ever!

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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