St. Louis County Library's Westfall Series Presents Acclaimed Biographer Candice Millard

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Award–winning historian Candice Millard will discuss and sign her new book “The Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President” on Thursday, September 6, at 7:00 p.m. The event will take place at St. Louis County Library Headquarters (1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.)

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Historian Candice Millard Visits SLCL

The St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Westfall Favorite Author Series is pleased to present award winning historian Candice Millard for a discussion and signing of “The Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President.” The event will take place at Library Headquarters (1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.) on Thursday, September 6, at 7:00 pm. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Barnes & Noble.

Bestselling biographer Candice Millard presents the extraordinary account of James Garfield's rise from poverty to the American presidency, and the dramatic history of his assassination and legacy.

For a man forced into the presidency, the legacy of James Garfield extended far beyond his lifetime, and “Destiny of the Republic” revisits his meteoric rise with meticulous research and intimate focus. Garfield was a passionate advocate of freed slaves, a reformer at odds with machine politics, a devoted father and a spellbinding speech-giver. Four months after taking office he was shot twice by an unhinged office-seeker and a nation already fractured by war, shattered, leaving the wounded president at the center of a bitter, behind-the-scenes struggle for power.

Examining the medical reform spurred by Garfield's unsanitary medical treatment, and reflecting on the surprising political reform brought on by his former political enemies, “Destiny of the Republic” passionately brings President Garfield's legacy into focus.

“Destiny of the Republic” rose to number five on the New York Times bestseller list and has been named a best book of the year by the New York Times and the Washington Post. It also won the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime.

Candice Millard, the New York Times bestselling author of “The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey,” is a former editor and contributing writer at National Geographic magazine. She lives in Kansas City with her husband and children.

The program with Candice Millard is a St. Louis County Library ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series presentation. The Westfall series features authors of politics, history, and sports. The series is co-sponsored by Jack Dubinsky and Sons; McMahon Berger; Sachs Properties; Brown Smith Wallace LLC; Royal Banks of Missouri; St. Louis Business Journal; Midwest Library Service; The Booksource; Ivey-Selkirk Auctioneers; S.M. Wilson & Co.; Arthur J. Gallagher and Co.; and Stifel, Nicolaus.

Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314-994-3300 or visit

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