"Fascinating . . . Gripping . . . Stunning
. . . Haunting tale."
— Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Filled with memorable characters, hairpin twists of fate and consequences that bring a young nation to the breaking point . . . brings back to roaring life a tragic but irresistible historical period."
— The Christian Science Monitor
"Think you're not interested in James Garfield, our 20th President? Millard's action-packed account of his life and truly strange death should
change your mind."
— People Magazine
"Blends science, medicine, and politics in a crime story that grabs tight and it does not let go until the very last page. This is historical reporting
at its very best."
— Tucson Citizen
"An achingly good, suspenseful read….compelling characters and nail-biting storytelling."
— Kansas City Star
'Millard takes the reader on a compelling fly on-the-wall journey with these two men until that fateful day in a train station when Guiteau shot Garfield….. Comparisons to Erik Larson's "The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America" are justified, but
"Destiny of the Republic" is better.'
— Associated Press
"A winning amalgamation of history and adventure. They [Millard's books] exhibit a keen eye for human frailties."
— Washington Post
"Expert storytelling . . . compulsive reading.
Superb American history"
— Kirkus, starred review of Destiny of the Republic
"Splendidly insightful....stands securely at the crossroads of popular and professional history"
— Booklist, starred review of Destiny of the Republic
— Publishers Weekly, on Destiny of the Republic
"First-rate history, political intrigue, and a
true-crime story all rolled into one.
An epic must-read!"
— Douglas Brinkley, on Destiny of the Republic
"In this brilliant and riveting work, Candice Millard demonstrates the power of narrative nonfiction.
This is a book that is impossible to put down."
— David Grann, on Destiny of the Republic
"Candice Millard has done it again: She's turned the sometimes stodgy realm of presidential history on its head with a gripping tale of high danger
and stoic endurance."
— Hampton Sides, on Destiny of the Republic
"A crackling tale of suspense and a panoramic picture of a fascinating but forgotten era."
— Debby Applegate, on Destiny of the Republic
"Candice Millard has written another riveting
narrative. . . . Just as Millard put us deep in the
Amazon with Teddy Roosevelt, she has skillfully
allowed us to share this traumatic moment."
— Ken Burns, on Destiny of the Republic
Destiny of the Republic
named 2012 recipient
of the PEN Center USA award
for research nonfiction:
On April 26, 2012,
Destiny of the Republic
for Best Fact Crime:
Meticulously researched, epic in scope, and pulsating with an intimate human focus and high-velocity narrative drive, Destiny of the Republic will stand alongside The Devil in the White City and The Professor and the Madman as a classic of narrative history.
At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.