Candice Millard calls assassinated US President James Garfield a "very admirable" person whose death was "a real loss to the nation. October 4, In her new book, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President , Millard focuses her formidable research and narrative skills on the shooting of president James Garfield and his death, 79 days later, from the misguided medical care he received. Like its predecessor, her new book is a page turner, and Millard has found compelling characters and narrative drama in historical events that have been largely overlooked. Both of your books focus on events in the lives of former US presidents. How did you come to write about him and is it just a coincidence that both of your books are about past presidents?
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Look Inside. Oct 17, Minutes Buy. Sep 20, Minutes Buy. James Abram Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. Meticulously researched, epic in scope, and pulsating with an intimate human focus and high-velocity narrative drive, The Destiny of the Republic brings alive a forgotten chapter of U. 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. A team of physicians administered shockingly archaic treatments, to disastrous effect. 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. A fresh narrative that plumbs some of the most dramatic days in U. Alexander Graham Bell makes a bravura appearance. The haunting tale of how a man who never meant to seek the presidency found himself swept into the White House. Millard shows the Garfield legacy to be much more important than most of her readers knew it to be.
Millard digs deeply into the turmoil that got James A. Garfield elected, the lunacy that got him shot and the medical malfeasance that turned a minor wound into a mortal one.
Millard has written us a penetrating human tragedy. Takes the reader on a compelling fly on-the-wall journey. Millard takes all of these elements in a forgotten period of history and turns them into living and breathing things.
Millard colorfully recreates the political milieu of One of the pleasures of the book is the chance to learn more about Garfield, who appears as a fully realized historical figure instead of a trivia answer. She also chillingly depicts his killer. This wonderful book reminds us that our 20th president was neither a minor nor merely a tragic figure, but rather an extraordinary one.
A remarkable book. It is crisply written and riveting. She makes you a witness, not a reader. Superb American history. An epic must-read! Through exhaustive research and flawless storytelling, she has brought to life one of the most harrowing and fascinating sagas in American history. This is a book that is impossible to put down.
What an exceptional man and what an exciting era Millard has brought to elegant life on the page! She has skillfully allowed us to share this traumatic moment. Read An Excerpt. History Category: Audiobooks 19th Century U.
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Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
Look Inside. Oct 17, Minutes Buy. Sep 20, Minutes Buy. James Abram Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president.
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American history , biographies , book reviews , Candice Millard , James Garfield , presidential biographies , Presidents. Even with James Garfield as its primary subject, it remains one of the most popular books about any president. And the entire second half of the book is reserved for just the last eleven weeks of his life. Such emphasis implies this is no ordinary presidential biography…and, indeed, it is not. Character development during his childhood, his military service, the evolution of his political career and his presidential legacy are far less a focus of the story. But while this is not a lengthy book, it is beset with multiple story lines following multiple characters.