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 ...

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CHRIS N

Aug 29, 2018

Great Read!

This is a great book! Very well written, readable history. Well documented as history, but written with an easy style. Could hardly put it down. President Garfield is not one of our better known presidents, but he was a truly remarkable man. Humble, though a man of great accomplishments. The descriptions of the medical treatments of the day are horrific. Sad that the doctors basically killed a great man who could easily have recovered. The descriptions of the assassin leave little doubt that he was crazy--failed mental health leading to violence is not a new problem. I highly recommend this book (as well as the author's previous two books) to anyone who appreciates well written history.

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