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

Updated: Oct 20, 2020

About the Book

This book is about James A. Garfield, the 20th president of America. He was born into poverty but he rose to become a scholar, a Civil War hero, and a reformist congressman. He was nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment.Four months after being inaugurated, a deranged office seeker tracked him down and shot him in the back but the shot didn’t kill him. What hap­pened after he was shot 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 old 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.

What I Love About It

  1. The author persuades us that Garfield was a truly likable, magnetic, wonderful human being.

  2. I loved the details and how it has a wonderful sense of mid 1800s American.

  3. It does not only entertains but also educates the reader.

Quotes to Remember

  1. “The ordinary traveler, who never goes off the beaten route and who on this beaten route is carried by others, without himself doing anything or risking anything, does not need to show much more initiative and intelligence than an express package."

  2. “Of course a man has to take advantage of his opportunities, but the opportunities have to come,”

  3. ”If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should not grow old.”

How I Can Apply Its Content to my Life

  1. Look ahead for greatness regardless of your background.

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