OPEN BOOK CLUB - Sioux City Public Library Reads "Destiny of the Republic"
Apr 01, 2013
from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
|Where||Perry Creek Branch Library, 2912 Hamilton Blvd, Sioux City, IA|
|Contact Name||Kathy Kelly|
Open to the public
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Enjoy lively discussion with fellow reading enthusiasts; drop-ins welcome. Date and times of event 1st Monday of the month, two locations and times. This month we are reading 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.