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 remember those exact words from my childhood lessons in American history, as I suspect do most other Americans. We speak, of course, of Alexander Graham Bell, a young man still. In essence, his time as President of the United States was and is sadly determined by and how the way he died.

Guiteau shot Garfield once at point blank range in the chest and the bullet ended up lodging itself in a mass of muscle behind the pancreas. View all 39 comments. Guiteau, to put it mildly was deranged, and history should have passed without anyone knowing his name, but for the singular moment when he was able to borrow the money from an acquaintance, go down republjc the local shop, and purchase a handgun for the purpose of shooting the president of the United States. Millard digs deeply into the turmoil that got James A.

I have never had the presidential fever; not even for a day. 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. Oh, and did I forget to mention the little note he sent to good desiny General Sherman requesting that he and his troops show up and rescue him from jail when they get a chance?!?

Takes the reader on a compelling fly on-the-wall journey.


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Lists with This Book. There is much here that resonates, and that reminds us how far we have come in some ways, and how little we have grown in others.

During that time he never complained. In the meantime, he needed money to pay his board bill. The story of his assassin, Charles Guiteau meanwhile provides a great picture of a 19th century low-life and more or less insane person, not canndice during those few months, but as recreated here, over much of his life.

He and a close friend, Csndice David Swaim, had escaped a sinking ship, only to watch Arthur, who was lying on a couch, very pale and obviously ill, disappear under the surface of the water. There is perhaps one part of the book that may be a bit dry to readers less interested in the politics of the time, but this is really just a small portion of the entire account.

Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman.

Readers of history–especially American and political. Guiteau had tried to persuade D.

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

How disheartening that more Americans are not familiar with the history behind this exceptional national treasure, and how truly heartbreaking that the majority of our political choices today are power hungry, insipid career politicians with no true principals or passions aside from their own personal greed.

Jun 08, Elyse Walters rated it it was amazing.

Quickly locating him, Guiteau noted that he was sitting next to an open window that stood about three feet from the ground. Garfield grew up poorer than poor. Jun 12, Pages. For two weeks, he had prayed to God to show him that he had misunderstood the message he had received that night. 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.


Xandice an exceptional man and what an exciting era Millard has brought to elegant life on the page! Nothing can be changed.

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He is easy to pass over because he barely survived 6 months into his term as president and a good portion of that time he was fighting for his life. Sep 20, Minutes Buy. Garfield “To his countrymen, a staggeringly diverse array of people, Garfield was at the same time familiar and extraordinary, destiiny man who represented both what they were and what they hoped to be. He rose out of it, went to college then into politics.

Destiny of the Republic

Before the next Sunday sermon, however, another opportunity presented itself to Guiteau. Guiteau had “no ill-will to the President,” he insisted. That Garfield died in September of the year he was inaugurated was tragic, especially given he was th in early July and was unable to fulfill his duties thereafter. In JulyGarfield was shot in the Baltimore and Potomac train station by Charles Guiteau, his biography also explored.

The fact that there was virtually no security for the President is an interesting fact that just hangs there. In and of itself, this might not have been a terrible occurrence. Yet the politics — which is in itself fascinating — is not the crux of Ms.

What a testament to her skills as a writer and historian. I contemplated making a table showing vsand doing the mi,lard and contrast more graphically, but I will leave that for other reviewers. Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone was republiic in an obscure corner of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts exhibition hall.