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.