Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard chronicles the fascinating life of James A. Garfield. . Again, this is not a book you can read quickly. Using just $17 his mother could scrape together, Garfield enrolled at Williams College at the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute, now Hiram College in Hiram. In the little more than a century since its inception, the United States had become a powerful and respected country. We meet politicians, doctors, family, and dear friends. The other man, shuffled away at the Exposition, was Alexander Graham Bell, a Scot who was trying to show off his telephone, which was still in its infancy. It is here Millard weaves in the story of Dr. Joseph Lister and his theories of sterilization, not yet popular in the U.S., and the young inventor Alexander Graham Bell, whose crude metal detector was utilized to locate the bullet somewhere inside Garfield. After the panic of securing the president and arresting Guiteau, who voluntarily handed himself over, medical staff attempted to help Garfield and save his life.

The ending is emotional and compelling. The storytelling makes this novel great.

You will leave this book feeling more intellectual and more invested in education and building up those around you. What are your favorite time periods in American history? Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account.

The 20th President has become largely just a name to most. American History How would he be known today, but for the act of a madman. He could have done so much good for this country. Garfield died 10 weeks later of an infection caused by bullheaded doctors who actively rejected the landmark medical advance known as antisepsis, already common in Europe. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I have never read anything quite like it. All the while, Guiteau remained in custody, writing and pondering what might happen next.
Bookstore Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. I imagine it might have taken a while… I’m definitely going to look into the audiobook version, though. ( Log Out /  This book surprised me, in the neatest ways! Guiteau became obsessed with Garfield, his last hope. I visited this home in Ohio a could of years ago, and as I recall he knew 7 different languages. As the days moved along, Garfield’s health ebbed and flowed, even as Bell attempted to use his makeshift invention. Guiteau was a failure in everything he had tried in life-suffering from syphilis, a failed law career, even failing at a free-love colony where the women called him “Charles Gitout.”  Early in Garfield’s Presidency, Guiteau sought an appointment as U.S. Minister to France.
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Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard chronicles the fascinating life of James A. Garfield. . Again, this is not a book you can read quickly. Using just $17 his mother could scrape together, Garfield enrolled at Williams College at the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute, now Hiram College in Hiram. In the little more than a century since its inception, the United States had become a powerful and respected country. We meet politicians, doctors, family, and dear friends. The other man, shuffled away at the Exposition, was Alexander Graham Bell, a Scot who was trying to show off his telephone, which was still in its infancy. It is here Millard weaves in the story of Dr. Joseph Lister and his theories of sterilization, not yet popular in the U.S., and the young inventor Alexander Graham Bell, whose crude metal detector was utilized to locate the bullet somewhere inside Garfield. After the panic of securing the president and arresting Guiteau, who voluntarily handed himself over, medical staff attempted to help Garfield and save his life.

The ending is emotional and compelling. The storytelling makes this novel great.

You will leave this book feeling more intellectual and more invested in education and building up those around you. What are your favorite time periods in American history? Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account.

The 20th President has become largely just a name to most. American History How would he be known today, but for the act of a madman. He could have done so much good for this country. Garfield died 10 weeks later of an infection caused by bullheaded doctors who actively rejected the landmark medical advance known as antisepsis, already common in Europe. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I have never read anything quite like it. All the while, Guiteau remained in custody, writing and pondering what might happen next.
Bookstore Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. I imagine it might have taken a while… I’m definitely going to look into the audiobook version, though. ( Log Out /  This book surprised me, in the neatest ways! Guiteau became obsessed with Garfield, his last hope. I visited this home in Ohio a could of years ago, and as I recall he knew 7 different languages. As the days moved along, Garfield’s health ebbed and flowed, even as Bell attempted to use his makeshift invention. Guiteau was a failure in everything he had tried in life-suffering from syphilis, a failed law career, even failing at a free-love colony where the women called him “Charles Gitout.”  Early in Garfield’s Presidency, Guiteau sought an appointment as U.S. Minister to France.
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