The Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President

By Candice Millard. Publisher: Doubleday


This is a splendidly insightful, dynamic three-way biography of our second assassinated president, James Garfield; Charles Guiteau, the president’s assassin; and inventor Alexander Graham Bell, who attempted to locate the bullet in the dying president’s body.




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The Adult Books editors have selected the following titles as representative of the year’s outstanding books for public-library collections. Our scope has been intentionally broad, and we have attempted to find books that combine literary, intellectual, and aesthetic excellence with popular appeal.
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