"Destiny of the Republic" author Candice Millard and Michelle Krowl, of the Library of Congress, take listeners through Garfield's impoverished beginnings, his fierce intellect, his gregarious nature—and the way his death changed both American medicine and the civil service.
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In previous episodes of the Presidential podcast, we've explored topics likeAbraham Lincoln's language and the violent life of Andrew Jackson. The podcast is hosted by Lillian Cunningham, editor of The Washington Post's On Leadership section.
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