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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I decided I would let you read the book instead, and you should. If he was to assassinate the president, he realized, he would need a gun. That, perhaps, is ethically troubling in an age when we pride ourselves on a sophisticated understanding of justice.

Sadly medical care is the third leading cause of death in the USA today, so some things have not changed all that much.

I wonder if such a transformation is still even possible in modern day politics. She introduces Joseph Lister, a pioneering British physician who developed effective sterilization techniques to avoid infection following surgery. Upon opening the door, his eyes immediately fell on a showcase that held a selection of revolvers.

Garfield complained bitterly about this practice. He grew up on a modest farm in Thee with his brothers and his mother. View all 19 comments. 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.

Millard is a good story teller, weaving together historical documents and her conversations with historians into a compelling narrative that makes us want to turn the page. He worked as a carpenter at college to pay for his tuition. Garfield elected, the lunacy that got him shot tne the medical malfeasance that turned a minor wound into a mortal one.

Oct 02, Jason rated it really liked it Tge 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 lingered for two and a half months before dying – that it was serious infection that riddled his body that killed him, not the bul I read this book as an answer to a prompt: The Secret Service, at this time in history, was used primarily to investigate counterfeit money.


These being the days of presidential open “office hours” which, yes, turned out to be problematic he, goes to the White House to let his preferences be known: My McKinley Review If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http: Jun 12, Pages. In his letters and, he would later insist, his thoughts, Guiteau never referred to what he was about to do as murder, or even assassination.

Garfield, and the political, scientific, and medical theories and practices of the “I never meet a ragged milard in the street without feeling that I may owe him a salute, for I know not what possibilities may be buttoned up under his coat. Everything about the gun, from the feel of it in his hand to the damage it wrought, was utterly new and unfamiliar to him.

He was drawn toward the more expensive gun, picturing it on display in the State Department’s library. Ah, dear readers, this man was so much more.

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

Perhaps the way all parts of the nation, especially North and South, were united in their grieving, their appreciation of President Garfield. I’m sad your life ended too soon!!! She lives in Kansas City with candide husband and three children. On the contrary, “there could not possibly be a better place to remove a man than at his devotions. He valued his agrarian roots desfiny experimented with irrigation techniques and homemade fertilization compounds on the grounds of his home, Lawnfield.

Had he received more competent medical care even medical care available at the timehe may have lived. My review is here: Destiny of the Republic left me bereft.

In regard to Garfield Guiteau maintained that he was the instrument of God, following a divine calling. Dec 24, Miles rated it it thee amazing Shelves: A delusional man with a gun walked up to President Garfield at a train station one day and shot him in the back.

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This book was fascinating — I was actually quite surprised to become so absorbed by the persons and historical details occurring at this critical time following the Civil War in this country. Millard colorfully recreates the political milieu of Apparently he believed in the fullest abolition of slavery and voting rights for all African Americans.

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We used to joke it was Fre Does anyone really care about James Garfield? He was against the secession of the southern states and became an accomplished military man. But, that’s not to say that I did not find it though tragicat times, funny to read. In order to attract public attention the book needs the notice the President’s removal will give it.

Prepared to kill for God but not to die, his only other option, he suspected, was imprisonment.

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Garfield emerged as the Presidential nominee at the Republican National Convention as a compromise candidate. The fact that there was virtually no security for the President is an interesting fact that just hangs there.

Bell’s invention was based on principles that would much later lead to the invention of magnetic resonance imaging. It wasn’t until the assassination of McKinley barely two decades later that focused everyone’s attention on presidential security. When denied what he felt was his right, Guiteau would then take matters into his own hands with the excuse of “divine inspiration”and rid the Americans of this president who he claimed was a “danger to his party and his country”.

He was a staunch ally of the newly freed black population. Feb 22, Jill rated it it was amazing.