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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.

Biographies & Memoirs
September 20
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Emmet Aloysius ,

Good Book

An informative, enlightening accounting of the life and death of James Garfield, an American president who I knew very little about. What a heroic and tragic figure he was and Millard tells the tale in a easy to understand and enjoyable way. A good book for history buffs...EAF

K9 Apollo ,

Destiny of the Republic

Well written, a suspense novel based on fact. I have read her books on Churchill and Roosevelt, which were both outstanding.

CrazyinKarachi ,

Page turner !

Wow! I love books like this that weave direct source historical accounts into a story that reads like a page-turning novel. It provided a fascinating window both into President Garfield, who is not nearly familiar enough given his significance, as well as the U.S. at a time of great growth and growing pains.

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