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Adult Book Club- Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard

August 8 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

- Free

Destiny of the RepublicThe Adult Book Club will meet on August 8 at 5:30 pm to discuss Candice Millard’s Destiny of the Republic. Copies of the book may be checked out at the front desk.

 

James A. 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, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back.

But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil. The unhinged assassin’s half-delivered strike shattered the fragile national mood of a country so recently fractured by civil war, and left the wounded president as the object of a bitter behind-the-scenes struggle for power—over his administration, over the nation’s future, and, hauntingly, over his medical care. A team of physicians administered shockingly archaic treatments, to disastrous effect. As his con­dition worsened, Garfield received help: Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, worked around the clock to invent a new device capable of finding the bullet.

Details

Date:
August 8
Time:
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Cost:
Free
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Organizer

Orange City Public Library
Phone:
712-707-4302
Email:
info@orangecitylibrary.com
Website:
orangecityiowa.com/residents/library

Venue

Orange City Public Library
112 Albany Ave SE
Orange City, IA 51041 United States
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Phone:
712-707-4302
Website:
https://orangecityiowa.com/residents/library/
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