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American history author up next for ISU Speaker Series

January 2, 2019

American history comes to life with award-winning storyteller and author Candice Millard, who will present at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in Tilson Auditorium as part of Indiana State University's Speaker Series.

Millard, whose New York Times bestsellers examine several periods in history that are revived into riveting stories, will discuss her book, "Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President".

"Destiny of the Republic" examines what could've been one of the nation's greatest presidents had James A. Garfield lived through his term. Garfield was born into poverty, rose to become a scholar as well as a Civil War hero, and was eventually nominated for president against his will.

After only four months into his term, Garfield was shot in an assassination attempt and spent the remaining months of his life with poor medical care, which ultimately cost him his life. Millard discusses the hauntingly archaic medical practices that were administered and the state of the nation just fresh out of the Civil War.

Millard's other award winning books include: "Hero of the Empire: The Boer War", "A Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill". as well as "The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey", which chronicles his harrowing journey of the dangerous Amazon.

Millard's presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call 812-237-3770 or go to

Media contact: Jennifer Cook, Assistant Director Hulman Center Facilities, Indiana State University, 812-237-3770 or