Destiny of the Republic has ratings and reviews. Jeffrey When I read about the Candice Millard book on James Garfield I was instantly intrigued. Yet it is one of the many pleasures of Candice Millard’s new book, “Destiny of the Republic,” that she brings poor Garfield to life — and a. Destiny of the Republic. A TALE OF MADNESS, MEDICINE AND THE MURDER OF A PRESIDENT. James Abram Garfield was one of the most extraordinary.

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The best give us a sense of a time and a place, let us see some of the personalities afoot in that world, look into how things came to be the way they were and candiice events of that time have echoed down to us today. Secret Service Agents were not officially assigned to protect the President until after McKinley was shot. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Had he received more competent medical care even medical care available at the timehe may have lived.

I knew little about this man, more than likely because of his short tenure.

Thus, obviously, Garfield owes Guiteau big time. He never once campaigned for any of his political positions.

He was an abolitionist and worked with the Underground Railroad. After half an hour had passed and the president had not returned, Guiteau had decided to “let the matter drop for the night.

Of course, I had heard of James A Garfield, the USA’s 20th president, and that he was assassinated, but I did not know – that he desginy for two and a half months before dying – that it was serious infection that riddled his body that killed canvice, not the bul I read this book as an answer to a prompt: From the alley, Guiteau, who had passed the time examining his gun and wiping it down, watched as the two men walked down the street arm in arm, their heads close together as they spoke.

I’m wanting to believe in the probability and possibility of goodness, honestly, honor, imllard, service for the greater needs of others Nov 13, Cher rated it really liked it Shelves: The autopsy revealed that the bullet was located on the opposite side of Garfield’s body and had never damaged any organs. After 80 days of battling rpublic his life Garfield died not from the assassin’s bullets, but from the abysmal care of his doctors.


I think we can all look back in hindsight to the should haves and could haves that lay heavy at the feet of this great nation of ours.

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When she mentions, almost offhand, that Xestiny cheated on his hopelessly devoted wife Lucretia, it sort of jolted me in an I was not expecting that sort drstiny way. The mental derangement of his murderer, Charles Guiteau, was swept aside by those who wished not to take an active role in committing him to a mental institution years before.

Men who were loyal to the president of the winning party were given plum posts — such as customs collector — for which they received tidy salaries. Garfield’s rise to the nomination in the Republican convention was not only improbable, but would have been a ludicrous thought for Garfield as well.

Garfield is one of those Presidents that many Americans including me prior to reading this book just don’t know much about. See 2 questions about Destiny of the Republic….

Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle candics the corrupt political establishment.

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We used to joke it was Fre Does anyone really care about James Garfield? The writing style is free and easy and the chapters laid out in such a compelling fashion that I actually found myself rooting for Garfield to live even though I knew the outcome.

Garfield had been anti-slavery, as had his party. Through exhaustive research and flawless storytelling, she has brought to life one of the most harrowing and fascinating sagas in American history. After graduating from Williams College in Massachusetts, he would later become president of the Eclectic Institute by the age of twenty-six.

Candice Millard is a skillful researcher and writer; most of the time I almost forgot this was non-fiction. When I saw that our Minneapolis Institute of Art book club had picked this for the October book tour, I knew I would read it, but was unsure about whether I would like it.


This basically covers from George Washington to Theodore Roosevelt. To ask other readers questions about Destiny of the Republicplease sign up. Garfield Garfield is a self made man, a true American success story. Although a private and reserved man, Lincoln agreed to tell the story. Bell’s invention was based on principles that would much later lead to the invention of magnetic resonance imaging. She also chillingly depicts his killer.

I see nothing but the most beautiful man: It was written to save souls. Her prose is graceful and she is a natural storyteller.

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Charles Guiteau shot a couple of bullets. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Her books are well-researched and filled with memorable details. He quickly achieved the rank of major general during the Civil War and later went on to serve in the House of Representatives. Garfield was our 20th President It’s no ‘accident’ that 3 books in a row about Past Presidents of the United States have been juicy enjoyable fhe stories!

Yet Americans suddenly realized that they still had no real control over depublic own fate. Return to Book Page. Guiteau, to put it mildly was deranged, and history should have passed without anyone knowing his off, but for the singular moment when he was able to borrow the money from an acquaintance, go down to the local shop, and purchase a handgun for the purpose of shooting the president canduce the United States.

I decided I would let you read the book instead, and you should. The cry was like a spark in dry kindling Garfield developed raging infections which is what ultimately killed him after 80 days of torture.

He truly seemed liked an incredible human being, and would have been such a wonderful president. It was a divine inspiration, a message from God.

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