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Mini Review: Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard

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

by Candice Millard


After reading Millard's fascinating book "The River of Doubt", I was curious to see what else she had written. In "Destiny of the Republic" she highlights a very different president, but does so in a similarly gripping and impeccably researched manner. It read like fiction, but taught me a lot I never knew about this president and this time in US history. I didn't know, for example, that presidents before Garfield never had bodyguards, or that Garfield's widow founded the first presidential library, among many other fascinating points. Looking forward to reading more by this talented author soon!