Destiny of the Republic

A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
Product Number: EB00149072
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780385535007
Publisher: Anchor
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James A. Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn't kill Garfield. The drama of what happened subsequently 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 archaic 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. Meticulously researched, epic in scope, and pulsating with an intimate human focus and high-velocity narrative drive, The Destiny of the Republic will stand alongside The Devil in the White City and The Professor and the Madman as a classic of narrative history.

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Author(s): Candice Millard
Original Publish Date: Sep 20, 2011

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Author(s): Candice Millard
Narrator(s): Paul Michael
Product Number DD0561
Released: Sep 20, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780307939654
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Author(s): Candice Millard
Narrator(s): Paul Michael
Product Number Z100023956
Released: Sep 20, 2011
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Publisher: Books on Tape
ISBN: #9780307939685

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