the author
  • "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

  • "Sparklingly alive."

    — 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


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Destiny of the Republic

Destiny of the Republic
named 2012 recipient
of the PEN Center USA award
for research nonfiction:

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Destiny of the Republic

On April 26, 2012,
Destiny of the Republic
won the
Edgar Award
for Best Fact Crime:

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