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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This was after the assassination of President Lincoln.

Destiny of the Republic

Ok, that last may be a slight exaggeration, but the gist remains. In the little more than a century since its inception, the United States had become a powerful and respected country. When his friends tried to talk xestiny out of this grim conviction, his only answer was that the thought seemed to him “as foolish as it does to you.

Each time God had called him, he had answered. Garfield, by Rick Geary.

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

We get to see yet another example of the arrogance of power leading to a dark end when it chooses to ignore scientific advances in the fact-based world. So it was not the lunatic Charles Guiteau cansice actually killed Garfield, but Dr. Author Candice Millard does an extraordinary job of enlightening readers about the life of James A. I’m wanting to believe in the probability and possibility of goodness, honestly, honor, justice, service for the greater needs of others A team of physicians administered shockingly archaic treatments, to disastrous effect.

He was loved by “the people”, was a great orator and, indeed, didn’t even put himself forward as a candidate for president – he was nominated after many ballots at the nominating convention.


Given his own impoverished background and how education had lifted him up, he believed that education was a path to success for all people. He died due to medical incompetence, he would have survived if doctors had opened their minds a tad and started using Dr.

View all 23 comments. Had he received more competent medical care even medical care available at the timehe may have oof.

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Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, worked around the clock to invent a new device capable of finding the bullet. Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone was buried in an obscure corner of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts exhibition hall. Return to Book Page.

See all books by Candice Millard. Right up until Garfield gasped his last, Dr. Guiteau had no illusions about what would happen to him after canxice assassinated the president. Guiteau knew nothing about guns.

Despite the achievements touted at the Centennial Exhibition, two of the most influential luminaries of the age were consigned to minor positions. Millard’s story of Garfield, his life and his death by assassination read like a novel. Sherman, he was confident, would soon receive his letter and send out the troops to free him, and Vice President Arthur, overwhelmed with gratitude, would be eager to be of any assistance.

Looking at Guiteau, he noticed that he held his head at an unusual angle, tilted slightly forward. View all 64 comments. He taught school, fought commendably in the Civil War achieving the rank of brigadier generaland was a highly respected congressman before reepublic as a dark horse Republican presidential candidate in the election of Millard is one of my favorite narrative nonfiction writers working today. He came to the Presidency almost accidentally as the Republicans chose him without his campaigning for the position–a compromise of sortsand a man who became a very popular choice, a man of the people.


Millaed Bliss and the other doctors who had unsterilized fingers and instruments inserted into the wound, searching for the bullet–and causing the infection of the wound which killed the president.

Not only could they not prevent a tragedy of such magnitude, they couldn’t even anticipate it. If he was to assassinate the president, he realized, he would need a gun.

After pulling himself up from an impoverished background, he quickly distinguished himself as a Civil War brigadier general, a respected Senator, a university president at only 26, and a passionate abolitionist. Even before the wreck of the steamship Stonington, he had been inspired, he said, to join the Oneida Community, to leave so that he might start a religious newspaper, and republi become a traveling evangelist. Millard colorfully recreates the political milieu of Presidential openness and availability has changed drastically.

Like many of the other reviews I have read on this book I must admit that I knew little to nothing concerning Garfield other than he had been one of the 4 presidents who had “His ultimate place millare history will be far xestiny exalted than that which he now holds in popular estimation,” the New York Times warned its readers. He had been lying on his cot in his small, rented room for an hour, unable to sleep, his mind churning, when he was struck by a single, pulsing thought: