Destiny of the Republic

Destiny of the Republic

A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of A President

Audiobook CD - 2011
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Candice Millard chronicles the life of President James A. Garfield, from his upbringing to his untimely death. Garfield's short time in office was devoted to cleaning up the corruption that was rife in a country still reeling from the Civil War. However, everything changed when Garfield was shot in the back by a disgruntled office worker. While the president's health slowly declined, a power struggle erupted over control of the administration, and the country's fate hung in the balance.
Publisher: New York, New York : Random House Audio, [2011], ℗2011
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780307939654
0307939650
Branch Call Number: COM 973.8 G18m
Characteristics: 8 audio discs (9 hr., 48 min.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Michael, Paul (Actor)

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jquick99
Sep 04, 2017

Loved this book. I am in awe of President Garfield.

Oh my. I cried at 4 different parts of his life/story.

Great storytelling and the person doing the audio did a fantastic job. I am very saddened Garfield has been completely forgotten about. And kept wondering why NO one has made a film about his life...especially a young actor who wants to shine in playing crazy Giteau (sp? Big time).

Highly recommend.

jwboyes Feb 21, 2013

Recommended by Steve Fulks

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SuzeParker
Feb 15, 2013

What a pity that James Garfield's presidency was cut short. After reading Destiny of the Republic, it's clear that Garfield's fairmindedness and ability to forge consensus might have made him an outstanding president. Further, he seemed a genuinely good person, and I found myself liking him immensely. Destiny of the Republic is a very worthy telling of the too-short life of a man who, given more time, probably would have been great.

jeanpg Oct 01, 2012

Ditto kepicturewoman's comments; in addition, this book was far more interesting & suspenseful than I could have imagined; very well written!! Plan to read her earlier book forthwith!

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kepicturewoman
Aug 04, 2012

I've been a member of the Garfield High School community since 1994, but never knew much about this President. Candice Millard has written an excellent book, intertwining biographical stories of President Garfield, his family and the man who decided to assassinate him. I could visualize as well as hear their words. She called upon correspondence, personal diaries and recollections of those who lived in that time. Added a new dimension to post Civil War America.

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