James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man 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.
From the Hardcover edition.
©2011 Candice Millard (P)2011 Random House Audio
"[Millard demonstrates] the power of expert storytelling to wonderfully animate even the simplest facts....make[s] for compulsive reading. Superb American history." (Kirkus)
"Splendidly insightful....stands securely at the crossroads of popular and professional history" (Booklist)
“Sparklingly alive…[Millard] brings to life a moment in the nation’s history when access to the president was easy, politics bitter, and medical knowledge slight. Under Millard’s pen, it’s hard to imagine its being better told.” (Publishers Weekly)
The story itself is very good and well written. It sheds light on a period that not many people know about. The narration is OK except when he does women's voices or accents. He should just use his normal voice.
Very good! Not aware of the effect of this incredibly short presidency on the history of the country.
Garfield. Didn't know anything about him before I read this book. Because of the descriptions of him, I want to know more.
He made the individuals more individual.
I knew that Garfield was going to die, but listening to the events, I did cry when he died, and the national reactions to his death. I really winced alot when they described all the horrible treatments that he was subjected to.
Any book that makes me want to explore more about the subject is a great book.
Just a poster
There were a couple of dry points but all tolled a good book. If you enjoy knowing a little of the details of history and the interplay of some of the great names we've heard about all our lives it is a very good story.
Amongst my favorites.
Verifies my notion that the best audio books are those read by professional voice actors. The readers voice was clear and the pace was perfect. At first his female impersonations were a little distracting but I got use to his transitions. Overall I really enjoyed listening to this book
Destiny of the Republic was as entertaining as it was educational.
Very interesting story. Very interesting twist of famous inventer, Alexander Graham Bell, trying to save the life of President Garfield. I did not know much about James Garfield, but found him to be a very interesting person. It is sad that he was murdered, in that he may have been one of the better President's.
The descriptions of the times, the fair, Edison and Alexander Graham Bell and the disaster of the practice of medicine were amazing.
This was a very good book. My only complaint is that the medical descriptions were a little TMI for my taste. But, these are easily skipped over. Fascinating book. It is written in a way that you want to keep listening. I listened to this with my husband and we both enjoyed it together.
No, I try not to listen to the same book twice.
Great story telling
The train scene where the president was shot
Garfield for President!
I learned so much about a man I knew so little.
Garfield's front porch speeches.
I laughed and cried. The author brings you right into the story. I could not stop listening.
What a great man. It is sad that his time was so short as President. If you enjoy American history, this is a must read. HIghly recommend.
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