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Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
 
 
Author
Candice Millard.
Publisher Anchor  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780767929714
Pages/Publication Date 398/2012
Daedalus Item Code 29360
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(Edgar Award Winner, Best Fact Crime; New York Times Notable Book) For a man who never intended to run for the presidency, and who served only four months in office before being shot by a deranged assassin in 1881, the legacy of James Garfield extends far beyond his lifetime. In her eloquent account of his life and his tragically avoidable death, Candice Millard reveals Garfield's intelligence, his brilliant military and political career, the power struggles (both political and medical) that ensued after his shooting, and the changes he precipitated even after his death.

"Destiny of the Republic, which takes its title from a fateful speech given by Garfield at the 1880 Republican National Convention, has a much bigger scope than the events surrounding Garfield's slow, lingering death. It is the haunting tale of how a man who never meant to seek the presidency found himself swept into the White House. It rediscovers Garfield's more surprising accomplishments. He was, among other things, a teenage worker on the Erie and Ohio canals, a brigadier general and a scholar who devised an original proof of the Pythagorean theorem at some point during the 17 years he spent in Congress.... 'His ultimate place in history will be far less exalted than that which he now holds in popular estimation,' the New York Times wrote after Garfield died. This book rebuts that claim. It restores Garfield's eloquent voice, his great bravery and his strong-willed if not particularly presidential nature. Ms. Millard shows the Garfield legacy to be much more important than most of her readers knew it to be."NYTimes

 
 
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