Review of Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard

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

What a fantastic book about James Garfield, the times he lived in, and his assassination.  Candice Millard writes in the style of Erik Larson and The Devil in the White City where she tells the story but also discusses many other aspects of the society at the time.  This story features Garfield, his assassin Guiteau, Alexander Graham Bell, Chester Arthur, James Blaine, Roscoe Conkling, and Joseph Lister.  It weaves their stories, and others, into the narrative in a way that makes the book read like a novel.  I knew little about Garfield's life outside of his experience as a Civil War General, but this book makes me want to read more about him which is a high compliment of the book.  Highly recommended as a fun, quick read that you will learn a great deal from.