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By Maria Levetzow

(At our most recent staff inservice day, we did training on the art of making book recommendations!  We'll show you the titles that staff members chose, and their suggestions for additional titles to read.  Are you looking for book recommendations?  Send us your favorite author, book or series and we'll find new titles for you to try.  You can reply in the comments to this post, email us at, submit it through the contact form on our web site, or call us at 563-344-4179!)

Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard deals with the assassination of President Garfield and the subsequent medical mistakes that contributed to his loss of life.  If you liked this compelling, richly detailed biography, try these other titles:

Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson: Isaac's Storm is dramatic and suspenseful, both qualities shared with Destiny of the Republic. In terms of subject matter, both deal with tragedies that might have been avoided had the “experts” not made the wrong call.

The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal by David E. Hoffman: Like Destiny of the Republic, The Billion Dollar Spy also has a story-like quality of the narrative. A review for this book states that it proves “nonfiction can read like a John le Carre thriller.” The reader knows from the beginning that the story will not end happily, so the suspense comes from watching the story unfold.

The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace by H. W. Brands: Readers who enjoy presidential biographies might enjoy this vividly readable and engaging life story of Ulysses Grant, a president whose term of office ended 4 years before Garfield (the subject of Destiny of the Republic) was elected.

The President and the Assassin by Scott Miller: This accessible biography, like Destiny of the Republic, recounts the dual stories of an assassinated president and his assassin. Both hold the reader’s interest by switching between the perspectives and life stories of the two characters.