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Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard
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Jun 16, 2012

it was amazing

As a history book for the general reader, it doesn't get any better than this: an historical story of national importance but not generally well-known at all, told in a highly evocative and engaging way. A talented director could turn this into a very successful movie.

Consider the elements of this story: (view spoiler)

These are just the highlights of the story. There are many other twists and turns and interesting characters. There is both tragedy and hope, venality and courage, self-dealing and selflessness, pride and humility. It's a magnificent yet terrible story, well-told by the author Candice Millard.

(I haven't read Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln yet, but I can't image that Killing Lincoln is any better than Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President.)

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