Author Event – Sept. 29th – Candice Millard – “Destiny of the Republic: The Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President’

Author Candice Millard discusses her latest book, “Destiny of the Republic: The Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President” on Thursday, September 29th. Doors open at 6:30 and the program begins at 7pm. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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 hi

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5 Responses to Author Event – Sept. 29th – Candice Millard – “Destiny of the Republic: The Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President’

  1. Ben Benson says:

    I have researched the Presidency for over 40 years. I truly believe Ms: Millard’s latest book on President Garfield will elevate dramatically the
    ratings of President Garfield as did David McCullough’s book on Truman.


    Ben Benson

  2. Sonny Longtine says:


    The Garfield book was superb.I taught American history for several decades and I’m most apprective of your well-researched book. Since my retirement from education I have written several historical books on Michigna’s Upper Peninsula.
    I can well appreciate the amount of work it takes to write a great book like yours.


  3. Mike McVey says:

    If Candice Millard is ever in STL for a book signing or speech/interview please let me know, would love to talk Kansas history as well as her River Doubt project… how she finished it as well as her motivation to write on this topic with such debt! (i’m struggling to finish my book as well and would love to hear more) is a good one to listen to as well….

  4. T W Morrison says:

    All the elements for greatness resided in James Garfield. His death was a loss beyond measure.

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