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On July 2nd, 1881, a disappointed and mentally unstable office-seeker named Charles Guiteau shot President James A. Garfield in a Washington D.C. train station. Over the next weeks, Garfield would linger, bedridden, as infection set in, caused by poor medical treatment, and America would wait with bated breath over whether their beloved president would survive. Meanwhile, Guiteau, the most hated man in America, would face trial and possible execution.

My guest is Candice Millard, New York Times bestselling author, who discusses her book Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President.

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