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

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

Candice Millard

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 history. Total Run Time: 10 hours.

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 history. Total Run Time: 10 hours.
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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 history. Total Run Time: 10 hours.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Paul Michael

Length:

9h 47m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

06:46


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

27:26


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

29:10


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

44:44


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

23:10


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

15:56


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

19:45


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

24:11


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

30:34


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

37:34


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

27:47


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

17:32


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

18:47


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

15:52


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

28:49


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

15:56


Part 4, Chapter 16
Part 4, Chapter 16

17:10


Part 4, Chapter 17
Part 4, Chapter 17

21:35


Part 4, Chapter 18
Part 4, Chapter 18

28:41


Part 4, Chapter 19
Part 4, Chapter 19

25:20


Part 4, Chapter 20
Part 4, Chapter 20

16:50


Part 4, Chapter 21
Part 4, Chapter 21

18:57


Part 4, Chapter 22
Part 4, Chapter 22

41:38


Part 4, Chapter 23
Part 4, Chapter 23

33:12


Part 4, Chapter 24
Part 4, Chapter 24

00:33