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Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President

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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 hap-pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur-moil. 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 con-dition 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. Hide synopsis

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Tony S

Excellent Work

by Tony S on Mar 29, 2012

This is a good book about many areas of American History. Yet, it is disturbing in many ways. I wish the Author, who is great, would have told us more about Garfield as a Minister in the Christian Church/Church of Christ. He had a great empact on that movement and is, even though like all of us he sinned, is still held in high reguard by those of the Restoration Movement. This book is a must read for anyone who is interest in American History.

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