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Destiny of the Republic
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 didnt kill Garfield. The drama of what happened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in turmoil. The unhinged assassins 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 powerover his administration, over the nations 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. From the Hardcover edition.
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Ericalambbrown
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Wow! If you are an American history nerd, read this book! I found myself continually amazed that the story this book tells has not been adapted into a series. The delusional hubris of the assassin is bonkers, the ignorance and arrogance of the doctor is maddening, and now I just really want to find a book on Alexander Graham Bell. There‘s even some political villainy. Seriously. If you like history, give this a go.

Bookwormjillk I really liked this book too 1w
Crazeedi I have had this book on my shelf for quite some time, I really must get to it! Sounds so good!! 1w
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KerryLibME
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Monday read.

Amiable I loved this book! 1mo
CherylRussell This looks good! 1mo
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Librarybelle
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One of the best books I‘ve read. Hands down. President Garfield was assassinated rather early into his presidency. However, Millard argues that the assassin‘s bullet was not the cause of his death. What follows is a riveting, jaw dropping look at medicine and doctor‘s practices of the late 19th century. It‘s so well written and so well informed, a perfect blend of narrative nonfiction and well documented research. #TheCallOfDestiny #SoaringScores

Reviewsbylola Yes!! Loved this book so much! 2mo
DebReads4fun Great review! 2mo
Chrissyreadit I just saw Assassins and realized I had not learned about Garfield at all. So glad you posted this! 2mo
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Librarybelle @Reviewsbylola ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Librarybelle You‘re welcome, @Chrissyreadit ! 2mo
ravenlee I really liked this book, too. 2mo
Chrissyreadit And I just bought it thanks to a lovely and timely prize from @Sace 2mo
Sace Oooo...this looks like something I would like! 2mo
Librarybelle @ravenlee ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Librarybelle @Sace It‘s so good! 2mo
CrowCAH Sounds very intriguing! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks I didn‘t like this (and bailed) because early on, the author described AGBell as a gifted teacher for the deaf etc and overlooked the damage he did for deaf education. I know this was really about Garfield but after seeing that she didn‘t do her homework about Bell‘s background, it made me suspicious of her historical analysis in general. Sorry and getting off my soapbox 😬! 2mo
Librarybelle @CrowCAH ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Librarybelle @ValerieAndBooks That would be a disappointment! Thank you for mentioning this. 2mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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The title says it all—Millard‘s enthralling account of this little known (unless, I suspect, you are well versed in presidential history) event makes for a fascinating, “how in the world did all the pieces fall into place allowing this to actually happen,” read. Interweaving Garfield‘s rise from abject poverty to the White House with advances in medicine, Alexander Graham Bell & the life of Charles Guiteau, Millard‘s book is great. Recommended.

DreesReads This is such a great book! Narrative nonfiction at its best. 4mo
Crazeedi I have had this on my shelf for quite some time! Now I must move it up! 4mo
TracyReadsBooks @AudreyMorris Absolutely agree! And I don‘t think you‘ll be disappointed @Crazeedi when it reaches the top of your shelf—such an interesting story and the book is really well-written. 4mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Going with nonfiction for my next book. This one won the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime & is the story of James A. Garfield & his assassination by Charles Guiteau. Garfield narrowly defeated Winfield Scott Hancock in the 1880 presidential election & took office in March 1881. He was shot in early July & while Garfield survived, he succumbed to his injuries two months later due to an infection caused by dirty, unsterilized instruments.

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Lauram
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Aside from knowing Garfield was born in the Cleveland area, I knew very little about his time as POTUS or his murder. I thought this book was one of the best I‘d read this year (leaving aside my feelings about AG Bell). It‘s astonishing to me that it took so long for germ theory/sterile practices to become recognized in medical practice. Garfield‘s death was gruesome and unnecessary.

Lauram The photo was taken last fall along the canal towpath where Garfield worked when he was young. It‘s one of my favorite walking spots. 5mo
Bookwormjillk Where is that? 5mo
Lauram @bookwormjillk The Ohio and Erie Canal in the National Park. This photo was taken in the Valley View/Sagamore Hills area. 5mo
Bookwormjillk @Lauram cool! We walk in the park a lot when we‘re in town. Didn‘t know about the Garfield connection 5mo
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Bookwormjillk
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I listened to the audiobook version of this for the second time today, and still really liked it. James A. Garfield is treated like a footnote to history, but he could have been so much more. The details of his murder and medical care are insane and unimaginable. I highly recommend this book.

Lauram I‘m reading this book right now and really liking it. I‘m from Cleveland and am familiar with so many of the places mentioned in the book. I do think it‘s rather unfortunate that Garfield is buried only a few blocks away from the medical school D. Willard Bliss attended. 5mo
Bookwormjillk @Lauram I hear you! I went to Hiram College, and had similar feelings. 5mo
Lauram Ha! I‘m shopping in Aurora today. 5mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Took a drive to Monticello today. Enjoying the tagged audiobook, and Jefferson‘s love of books.

IamIamIam Gorgeous!!! 5mo
brit91 Beautiful😍😍😍😍 5mo
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Lauram
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Friday night in the park #Litsywalkers

rather_be_reading gorgeous 😍 5mo
JacqMac Beautiful! 5mo
JaclynW Lovely. 5mo
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erzascarletbookgasm It looks mysterious..love it 👍 5mo
mcipher So gorgeous!! ♥️ 5mo
Ericalambbrown That picture is amazing! 😍 5mo
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howjessreads
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I just spent *way* too long making collages of the 26 books I read in May! I‘m going to share more details on my 8 favorites, starting w/ nonfiction.

💔 DESTINY OF THE REPUBLIC: A TALE OF MADNESS, MEDICINE, AND THE MURDER OF A PRESIDENT by Candice Millard (5⭐️)

🍎 SAVE ME THE PLUMS by Ruth Reichl (4⭐️)

#howjessreadsin2019

MallenNC I agree on your two favorites! Destiny of the Republic is one of my all time favorite nonfiction books, and I enjoyed Save Me the Plums just recently. 6mo
Aswenson Loved Destiny of the Republic! ❤️ 6mo
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howjessreads
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I meant to share this #bfc update on Wednesday! Tucson is having its wettest May since like 1897. (If you‘re curious, that equals 1.5 days of rain. Lol.) So the saguaros are all in bloom! 🌵 I have been walking a lot, plus we‘ve gone swimming a few times. And I just finished book number 2 of my week. 🙂 #bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

gradcat Nice cactus 🌵! 7mo
bewareofwords That‘s awesome! Great job. 🤗 7mo
wanderinglynn Great job! 🙌🏻 And love the cactus. 💚🌵 7mo
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LapReader What a.wonderful place to walk and swim. Good luck with your challenge. 7mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 7mo
4thhouseontheleft Lovely pic! Wet and Tucson aren't two words you usually hear together. 😂 7mo
TheSpineView That's fantastic! 7mo
Sharpeipup Great going! 7mo
Caterina Thanks for sharing the cactus pic and about the rain, that's so interesting! And great job with finishing another book! 👍 7mo
Megabooks Awesome!! I loved my visit to Tucson and hiking on Mt. Lemon! 7mo
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“His eye was steady, and his face presented the appearance of a #brave man, who is determined upon a desperate deed, and meant to do it calmly and well.”

#QuotsyMar19 #31DaysOfNonFiction

Crazeedi I have this on my bookshelf of tbr!!! Just havent yet!!! 9mo
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Kaye
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Excellent book. The main story line is about 2 men, who both started life in poverty , but both chose completely different paths . One was destined for greatness , yet was very humble , while the other , mentally unstable , always wanted to achieve greatness and thought he was capable of it , and sadly, decided to make a name for himself in a terrible way. The book also has so much more in it, about the beginnings of advances in the medical field.

Amiable Agreed—this was a great read. 9mo
Kaye @Amiable I always wondered why it was constantly checked out on our library webpage. Now I know why. They also notify you now if there are others waiting on it and I had a person waiting after me. Not dry and dusty. So good but so sad. 9mo
sk888888 Candice Millard ROCKS. 9mo
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Kaye @sk888888 Yes I‘m looking forward to reading her others also. She makes history come to life and adds color to people that we weren‘t fortunate enough to meet , so we get to meet them in her books 📚 9mo
sk888888 👍 9mo
CBee Good to “see” you ♥️😁 9mo
Kaye Thank you Cydney 💕 @CBee 9mo
Bookwormjillk I loved this book. Imagine what kind of president he could have been. 9mo
Kaye @Bookwormjillk That‘s what I kept wondering throughout the book. Garfield didn‘t really get enough of a chance to do much before this happened. He sounded like a wonderful man who could have done many positive things in our country. 9mo
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Bookdragon69
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Great book. History is not my forte and I learned a lot about President Garfields life and assassination. It angers me to know the ignorance and conceit of his doctor was also a cause to his death. It also angers and saddens me to know that political corruption is the same now as it was then, except there is way much more money involved now. Long, long, gone are the days when great men wanted what was best for the nation.

Bookdragon69 @Reviewsbylola I never forgot about the book you recommended. It always intrigues me when a person says they can‘t stop talking about a certain book. I‘m the same way when a book moves me. It was a great book. 10mo
Reviewsbylola I STILL think of this book. So good. And I agree, the medical ignorance blew me away. 10mo
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MrBook
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A friend sent me some books which I received today ☺️😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻! There's some folks outside of Litsy who get me.

See, told you I'm a non-fiction nerd. 🤓😆

4 books about presidents, 1 about law, 1 about the energy industry, 1 about government structure, 1 about American Old West history, and 1 about cosmology and physics.

Lordy! How many of you would this group of great reads (for me) put to sleep faster than Extra-Strength Zzzquil? 😆☺️

kspenmoll I would like to read the Andrew Jackson book, Unexpected President & 3felonies. 😀#nonfiction. But I do have to read in daytime; cannot always retain what I read before bed!! 11mo
BookBabe 🙋🏻‍♀️ 11mo
BookishMarginalia I think you underestimate the pull of nonfiction for other Littens! For our part, @WanderingBookaneer and I love nonfiction— I‘m especially partial to presidential histories (they remind me that horrible things have happened before too). 11mo
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rabbitprincess Destiny of the Republic is on my to-read list! 11mo
MrBook @BookishMarginalia ☺️🤗 11mo
MrBook @kspenmoll 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻 11mo
MrBook @rabbitprincess 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻 11mo
MrBook @BookBabe 😂👏🏻 11mo
JSW None for me, but a lot of these look straight up my brother‘s alley. 11mo
CouronneDhiver Nope. I‘m into it 👍🏽 11mo
bookwrm526 Destiny of the Republic was great 11mo
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LibraryCin
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I listened to the audio. There wasn‘t as much biography as I was expecting. Much of it was politics, which I‘m not all that interested in, so I tuned out for a good portion of the first ½ to 2/3. What I found much more interesting was the medicine at the time. The suggestion of germs, something no one could see, was new and many doctors didn‘t want to believe it. Cont in comments...

LibraryCin I also found Alexander Graham Bell and his invention, the “induction balance”, quite interesting. This machine he invented was meant to find the bullet that was still lodged into Garfield‘s body. This book has actually made me kind of interested in reading more about Bell 14mo
LibraryCin @rabbitprincess thank you! I will take a look! 14mo
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It‘s strange: I actually savored this book. I fell in love with Garfield and didn‘t want his final moment to come. When it did, I was utterly devastated. I sat at my dining room table and cried. He would have been an amazing president. After the death of Lincoln, Garfield was truly our second chance to get things right. What could he have accomplished? What would America be right now, had Guiteau failed or had Bliss, et.al WASHED THEIR HANDS?!

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Reviewsbylola
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My April book stats—15 books read! Definitely a good reading month! I found it funny that all three of my top picks were NF—and although Republic is a little wide in scope to be considered true crime imo, all three books center around murder.

Meredith3 Daaaaaamn I think I've read 15 books this YEAR 👏🏻😹 2y
MallenNC I read Destiny of the Republic this month too and loved it. 2y
ElishaLovesBooks Wow!! Great job! 👏👏All of those books look amazing! Of course I‘m stacking them!!💕😊 2y
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CouronneDhiver Right?! @Meredith3 I think I‘m doing something wrong here. 😉 All these high numbers are awesome. 2y
emilyhaldi Wow I'm shocked by your 🥇!!! I need to get to this soon 2y
Reviewsbylola Have you read any of her other books?? I definitely want to try another one now. @MallenNC 2y
Reviewsbylola Lol I feel like all I do is read and go on Litsy when I‘m not parenting so 🤷🏼‍♀️😂 @CouronneDhiver @Meredith3 2y
Reviewsbylola They were all fantastic! I hope you love them as much as I did. @ElishaLovesBooks 2y
Reviewsbylola Yes you do! I was so pumped to find a copy for you! @emilyhaldi 2y
Cathythoughts Well done 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
MallenNC @Reviewsbylola I haven't but I immediately put her other books on my list! I think I might try the one about Winston Churchill next. 2y
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MallenNC
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This book was so good! Poor President Garfield! How tragic that he died and in a way that could have been prevented with modern medical treatment (mostly if the doctors had just washed their hands it would have helped). It seems like he would have been a great president if he had been able to serve his term. The book is well written and the author weaves several storylines together seamlessly. A #FreakyFriday pick that was on my TBR for years.

emilyhaldi I just bought this at a library sale! 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Librarybelle It‘s one of my favorites...she does such an amazing job presenting the entire situation. 2y
MallenNC @emilyhaldi I hope you love it! I thought it was great. This is my favorite kind of nonfiction. 2y
MallenNC @Librarybelle This may be my favorite that I've read from your list. I've had it for years, so I'm glad I finally got pushed to pick it up. Not sure what took me so long! 2y
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MallenNC
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All the books I'm reading or think I'm about to read sit #OnMyNightstand. Things get out of hand pretty quickly. Especially since this doesn't even include the one on my Kindle. #12daysofbookstagram Day 7.

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Reviewsbylola
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My husband is #tiredoftalking about this book. Pretty sure I kept him up last night with my rambling. But as much as I remember details of Lincoln‘s or Kennedy‘s assasinations, I didn‘t even remember that Garfield was killed. And this read so easily despite all the political talk in the beginning. The second half is where it really won me. Garfield would have easily lived through the shooting had it not been for horrific medical care. #aprella

Bookdragon69 Sounds interesting, going to give it a try. 2y
Reviewsbylola I really loved it and I am super picky about nonfic. @Bookdragon69 2y
emilyhaldi Huh! Well if you liked this NF then I will stack it 👍🏻 2y
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Reviewsbylola I think you‘ll love this. @emilyhaldi It‘s very graphic though, especially towards the end. The way Garfield died was horrific. As the book said, his body was literally rotting. 🤢🤢 Such an unfair ending for a noble, kind man. 2y
Mdargusch Wow. I am stacking too. It‘s not very often you recommend a nonfiction @Reviewsbylola 2y
Reviewsbylola I know! I immediately came in and recommended it to my boss. I loved it. @Mdargusch 2y
Cinfhen Stacking for hubs! 🙌🏻 2y
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Grzebra
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Well I cried my eyes out in this one. Seventy-nine long days of suffering medical malpractice endured with grace, dignity, and good humor. If I‘m ever near the Garfield library I‘ll be sure to visit and I‘ll definitely be reading more of Millard.

LitLogophile I love President Garfield! I used to run past his tomb when I lived in Cleveland, so I did some research on this president that I knew nothing about. He‘s fantastic! I must read. 2y
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mellowgirlblog
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Very interesting book! Handles the subject (the intersecting lives of Bell, Garfield, Garfield‘s assassin, and other important figures of the time) very well. Never felt slow, kept me involved the whole time. Would definitely recommend. Left me feeling like I really knew these historical figures and understood the time period at a new level.

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BooksAtNight
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Definitely an enjoyable read/listen. Millard does a great job distilling Garfield‘s file and weaving the narrative strands. The narration on the audiobook is also quite good. The comparison to The Devil in the White City is actually fairly spot on (for once); this book had the same blend of history and true crime for me.

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I'm listening to Destiny of the Republic for a challenge slot of my local library's January reading challenge, a book by an author who lives in Kansas. I have also heard Candice Millard speak at a Literacy KC luncheon, and she was the special guest for the Stay Home and Read A Book Ball fundraiser, doing a Twitter Q&A, so it's neat to now experience some of her work. I knew very little about Garfield, this is interesting and accessible, recommend!

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BakingAndBooks
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Thought this book was great but slightly biased. Would def recommend!

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Lori_S
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So interesting... and heartbreaking our nation didn't get a chance to live through a full term of his presidency... He sounds like he would've done great things for our country, had he been given the chance.

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CrazyLibraryGirl
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Im kind of between a so-so and a pick on this one. It was interesting to read about both Garfield and his assassin, and I started to like Garfield a lot, after all he was a fellow bookworm, and refused to be ruled by party bosses in one of the most corrupt times in American history. But the descriptions of Garfield's infected bullet wounds and wildly incompetent doctor got to me after awhile.

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Garfield's opponent in the election of 1880, Democratic nominee Winfield Scott Hancock.

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Librarybelle
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When people come up to me and say they usually loathe nonfiction history books but devoured this one, you know it's a good read. President Garfield's assassination shook the nation, but did the bullet really kill him? Millard has a theory, and backs it up with so much research, you'll probably agree with her by the end. Perfect narrative nonfiction - hard to believe she's writing about reality. #35bookparty

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Freefallinmissy
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Favorite non fiction.
This is about President James Garfield who I previously knew nothing about, it is truly fascinating what happened to him ! #MOREORLESS

EllieDottie Ah this is on my tbr! 3y
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Freefallinmissy
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After reading this I want to read all of Millard's books. Learned so much about a president I knew nothing about. SO INTERESTING!!!

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Aswenson
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I can't say enough about this book! Put it at the top of your TBR pile and you won't be disappointed!

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You guys... this book! 😥

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DGRachel
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A couple #presidentialreads from my TBR bookshelves. I have a few others on Kindle. #feistyfeb (Note that Robert Strauss's book was published before our current POTUS took office...)

Aswenson I'm reading Destiny of the Republic right now. It's really good! 3y
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I love me a president who reads like it's going out of style and believes deeply in knowledge and education. #bibliophile

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Aswenson
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I am already completely engrossed in this story. Who knew James Garfield was such an interesting and amazing human being?

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ValerieAndBooks
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I stopped reading this one two months ago because I was disappointed by the author's sweeping claims about Alexander Graham Bell's "success" with his deaf students, without any statement about why, when in reality Bell was an eugenicist and pushed through for the abolishment of sign language usage (neither of which is ever mentioned). I couldn't focus on the main story which was Garfield himself. Time to call this a bail.

Betty We Deaf despise Bell and AGBAD. I was in grad school when I sat in the library archives and read an article he wrote about the need to sterilize deaf people. 3y
ValerieAndBooks @Betty not sure if you remember but I am Deaf myself as well. It is so frustrating when people overlook this about Bell and/or choose to ignore what he was really all about 😤😢. 3y
Betty @ValerieAndBooks I had forgotten 😑 3y
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cathysaid I never knew this but am so glad you told us! 3y
ValerieAndBooks @betty that's ok 😊! If I only read books relating to Deafness it'd be more obvious here on Litsy but those books are few and in far between anyway! (edited) 3y
ValerieAndBooks @cathysaid you're welcome! Also for anyone who may have missed my previous posts about this book may be interested in looking at the book's profile-- I showed some problematic quotes there. @Betty 3y
LindsayReads WHOA. Good to know!!! 3y
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elawsan
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I approached this book with little knowledge of who James Garfield was, other than an American president who was assassinated. Through her research and masterful storytelling Candice Millard has presented a portrait of an American president who was loved by all and that of a man whose strength and character I will personally strive to emulate.

A must read for anyone interested in American history as this story encapsulates so much of it.

BookishMarginalia Hadn't heard of this book, but now I'd like to read it! 3y
elawsan @BookishMarginalia I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 3y
Lynnsoprano Bought for my husband for Christmas. 3y
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elawsan @Lynnsoprano I saw that, if he hasn't yet, he should really enjoy this one. It does get really sad toward the end though 😞. 3y
Lynnsoprano He started it today and is really enjoying it. He said that he thinks Garfield was one of the most intelligent presidents we've ever had v 3y
elawsan It turns out that he was an amazing man. If he likes this one, he might want to check out The Man Who Saved The Union, It's about Ulysses Grant. Another great read. 3y
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President Garfield was a remarkable man. I'm really enjoying this read.

It's really a fast read, I just haven't been able to whittle out the time lately. I hope in 2017 I will find a little more time to slow down with a good book.

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ValerieAndBooks
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Doesn't this sound patronizing? So, he could have done better? Geez. In case you missed my last post, Bell was married to a deaf woman (Picture of Alexander Graham Bell and his wife taken from internet). Almost ready to be a #threwitacrosstheroom

Foxyfictionista Oh dear... He sounds like an ass. 3y
DreesReads I don't think there's any nice way to rationalize someone marrying their student. It can't be done. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Misogyny and eugenics. Vomit. 3y
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8little_paws I really appreciate your insight on this. 3y
ValerieAndBooks @Foxyfictionista he basically was! @AudreyMorris true, even for back then! It might be ok if a teacher ran into a former student years later, but to start a relationship while still in the student/teacher scenario...no. @BarbaraTheBibliophage views that were more common at the time, but still 😡. @8little_paws thanks. Not many know about AGB beyond the telephone. 3y
becausetrains Yep, he was an establishment toolbag. Fits right in with Edison. 3y
ValerieAndBooks @becausetrains exactly! I haven't been able to bring myself to get back to this book. Maybe I won't-- I basically know how it all ends anyway. 3y
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ValerieAndBooks
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No! Very disappointed with these. Unsubstantiated claims about why he was. Even though Alexander Graham Bell had a deaf mother and wife, and did use sign language with them, he discouraged it in the deaf schools and was influential enough to make it forbidden for use in teaching the deaf. And he was an eugenicist-- literally said Deaf should not "breed" with other Deaf. And he's apparently a central figure in this book. Idk if I can keep reading.

CarolynOliver That's awful! 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa How disappointing! In the man and the account. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Oh no! You've been on a run lately with this, haven't you? Of course, its them - the authors - not you. But you know what I mean. 😓😓 3y
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LeahBergen 😬😬😬 3y
Kimzey Uh oh.😒 3y
ValerieAndBooks @CarolynOliver @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage @LeahBergen @Kimzey I know right! Her references on AGB seem to be either old or written by his family. If she came across his views on eugenics, does not seem to acknowledge them in this book. Sigh. 3y
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Jen2
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Amazing book! I need to read more of her books!!!

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Lynnsoprano
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#latestbookishbuys #photoadaynov16. My most recent purchases have been this book and The Great Bridge for my husband for Christmas. I haven't bought anything for myself recently. Mostly I've been reading library books or "shopping " on my bookshelves. I haven't found a bookstore here in the mountains, which is the only negative of this trip, except that leave tomorrow ?

TrishB Beautiful view 😄 3y
CocoReads Gorgeous view! 3y
[DELETED] 206653737 Man that porch looks inviting, what an awesome view! 3y
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PurpleyPumpkin Beautiful!😍 3y
Lynnsoprano @bookish22 They are going to have to drag me out of here tomorrow😄 3y
Zelma Wow, I can see why you don't want to leave yet. Beautiful! 😍 3y
Serotonin What a lovely view! 3y
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ValerieAndBooks
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Book: about the sad fate of President Garfield. Found today at the used bookstore when I was dropping off book donations. Not starting it tonight, but it's very high up on my TBR! Beer: a vanilla stout. Glass: from Powell's books when we visited four years ago. Ready to relax this evening!

DreesReads This book is amazing!! 3y
Lynnsoprano Oh, I need to get this for my husband! 3y
Suzze I've never seen a bookstore beer glass! Very cool. 3y
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LeahBergen Amazing. All of it. 😀 3y
Hooked_on_books I really liked this book--very interesting. And I have a similar glass, but I use it for water (so boring of me). 3y
ApoptyGina69 Ill be (hopefully) ordering Powell's pint glasses! 3y
Texreader This book looks amazing!!! Must find it and read asap!! 3y
ValerieAndBooks @AudreyMorris @Lynnsoprano @texreader @leahbergen I'm really looking forward to it! By the same author who wrote about T.Roosevelt in the Amazon, which was really good! 3y
ValerieAndBooks @Suzze @Hooked_on_books @ApoptyGina69 I knew I had to have the glass when I saw it. I also have a cool coffee mug from the Harvard Bookstore. I'm not one to wear t-shirts with logos, so I wish more bookstores would add drinkware to their swag for sale! 3y
Suzze @ValerieAndBooks Same here! I'm not a t-shirt wearer so mugs and glasses are my thing. 3y
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Autumn
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One of my rock stars! She is out promoting her latest book about Winston Churchill's younger years, Hero of the Empire. Can't wait to read it!

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AllisonMP
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Who knew?

Fascinating read. After being thoroughly charmed and impressed by Millard's presentation of this previously barely known to me president, I had to set the book aside for a week to get through the part where he needlessly dies of medical hubris.

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DGRachel
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From my TBR: James Garfield, Civil War veteran, congressman, U. S. President, and #reallifeperson. #octphotochallenge

Hooked_on_books It's good! Really interesting. 3y
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