Destiny of the Republic

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

Recommended by Ryan Holiday, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #6 in Presidents, Ranked #13 in Pathologysee more rankings.

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...

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Ryan Holiday AuthorThese two unusual historical narratives about U.S presidents are shockingly good. I will read whatever else this woman writes. (Source)

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