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Wornall/Majors Book Club: Destiny of the Republic
June 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President is 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.
Author Candice Millard will join us for a virtual discussion of her book at our June book club discussion. This book club event is free, thanks to funding from the Missouri Humanities Council Foundation.
About the Book:
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.