Destiny of the Republic - Candice Millard

Destiny of the Republic

By Candice Millard

  • Release Date: 2011-09-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 898 Ratings


NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The extraordinary account of James Garfield's rise from poverty to the American presidency, and the dramatic history of his assassination and legacy, from the bestselling author of The River of Doubt.

"Crisp, concise and revealing history.... A fresh narrative that plumbs some of the most dramatic days in U.S. presidential history." —The Washington Post

James Abram 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, a renowned congressman, and a reluctant presidential candidate who took on the nation's corrupt political establishment.

But four months after Garfield's inauguration in 1881, he was shot in the back by a deranged office-seeker named Charles Guiteau. Garfield survived the attack, but become the object of bitter, behind-the-scenes struggles for power—over his administration, over the nation's future, and, hauntingly, over his medical care.

Meticulously researched, epic in scope, and pulsating with an intimate human focus and high-velocity narrative drive, The Destiny of the Republic brings alive a forgotten chapter of U.S. history.

Look for Candice Millard’s latest book, River of the Gods.


  • Destiny of the republic

    By Bee britches
    This was an excellent book well written sir certainly learned a lot from it thank you Dr. James or Appleton Junior
  • Fantastic Author

    By PuttinEmOnBlass
    … but I’m about to LOSE IT on these fools at Apple !$@& I’ve bought every Candice Millard book on tape, nobody compares to her but every so often Apple reminds me who wears the pants and tries to trick me into paying for them again. I can’t access my purchases Candice help
  • Destiny of the Republic

    By K9 Apollo
    Well written, a suspense novel based on fact. I have read her books on Churchill and Roosevelt, which were both outstanding.
  • Page turner !

    By CrazyinKarachi
    Wow! I love books like this that weave direct source historical accounts into a story that reads like a page-turning novel. It provided a fascinating window both into President Garfield, who is not nearly familiar enough given his significance, as well as the U.S. at a time of great growth and growing pains.
  • Superb History

    By Sherjo53
    This book enlightened me about a president of whom I knew very little. The author brought him to life as well as the times. The information about Dr. Lister and Alexander graham bell was also interesting as their lives all entertwined. We often forget the connections that occur in life as well as the personal nature of all of us famous or otherwise. She has brought an insight into the human frailties and strengths of us all.
  • Good Book

    By Emmet Aloysius
    An informative, enlightening accounting of the life and death of James Garfield, an American president who I knew very little about. What a heroic and tragic figure he was and Millard tells the tale in a easy to understand and enjoyable way. A good book for history buffs...EAF
  • Destiny of the Republic is excellent

    By Dr Joe B
    Not knowing anything about the Garfield presidency other than his assassination attempt, I was astounded by the dramatic and historic detail that went into this book. Excellent...two thumbs up!!
  • Lost History

    By CB FL
    A slow miserable death for a man who deserved much better, but like so many of his generation, Garfield was sacrificed for the status quo. Well written similar to the O'Reilly "killing" series. It's a page turner.
  • Destiny of the Republic

    By Ctrefney
    I usually read fiction but if all non-fiction were as enjoyable as this book, I would consider reading more of them. Very informative and well-written, it pulls you right in at the beginning and doesn't let go until the final page. I even went through all the notes near the end. I may have to make a pilgrimage to Mentor, OH and Washington, DC to visit the sites that Ms. Millard visited for her research.
  • Destiny of the Republic

    By tejaandmike
    An amazing book that put life into man history had forgotten. Garfield was extraordinary. I think America would be a better place had he been left to serve. So sad.