Archive for July 18th, 2018

I can’t pass up a bike without taking a few pictures of it – which should be painfully obvious to Lost Cowboy fans. Here’s a shot I took last month while on a visit to Chicago.

There are few better contemporary chroniclers of history right now than Candice Millard. I have raved about her works in the past, most notably Hero of the Empire, and The River of Doubt.

Most recently I picked up an earlier book from Miss Millard, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President, and I am glad I did. The book is an account of James Garfield’s rise from poverty to the American presidency. Now pretty much all I knew of President Garfield is he was one of those who were assassinated in office. Now, thanks to the gifted abilities of Ms. Millard to capture history and turn it into a compelling narrative, I have a full appreciation for the man and his legacy.

About Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard: “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.”

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.