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

Destiny-of-the-republic“Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President” by Candice Millard
Nonfiction – 4 stars

The story of President James Garfield, felled by an assassin’s bullet but killed by the doctors trying to save him. This book discusses radical new ideas in medicine of the 1880s that just didn’t catch on in America (antisepsis? Nah!), the need for civil service reform, and how it was the death of Garfield that started to pull the nation together. I had a very hard time putting this book down!

Liz Reed

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