Eric's Reviews > Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard
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Jan 14, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: history, non-fiction
Read from January 14 to 20, 2012

A really good read. Millard brings life to a story and characters that I never knew. Garfield is certainly a President glossed over in US History, as is Chester Arthur, and really a great deal of that period. It's a really brilliantly paced story with page-turning characters that simply happens to have happened in real life. Highly recommended.

It was also very refreshing in a way - a good way to remember that politics has indeed been much, much worse. It was actually interesting to see some of the parallels between Garfield and Obama, as well. I won't spoil how, but I think you'll see it if you read it.

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