Acclaimed historian Robert Merry resurrects the presidential reputation of William McKinley in a measured, insightful biography that seeks to set the record straighta deft character study of a president The New York Times Book Review whose low place in the presidential rankings does not reflect the stamp he put on Americas future role in the world.Republican President William McKinley transformed America during his two terms as president 1897 1901 Although he does not register large in either public memory or in historians rankings, in this revealing account, Robert W Merry offers a fresh twist on the old talea valuable education on where America has been and, possibly, where it is going The National Review McKinley settled decades of monetary controversy by taking the country to a strict gold standard in the Spanish American war he kicked Spain out of the Caribbean and liberated Cuba from Spain in the Pacific he acquired Hawaii and the Philippines he developed the doctrine of fair trade forced the Open Door to China forged our special relationship with Great Britain He expanded executive power and managed public opinion through his quiet manipulation of the press McKinley paved the way for the bold and flamboyant leadership of his famous successor, Teddy Roosevelt, who built on his accomplishments and got credit for them Merry writes movingly about McKinleys admirable personal life, from his simple Midwestern upbringing to his Civil War heroism to his brave comportment just moments before his death by assassination As this splendid revisionist narrative makes plain.The presidency is no job for a political amateur Character counts, sometimes even than charisma The Wall Street Journal Lively, definitive, and eye opening, President McKinley resurrects this overlooked president and places him squarely on the list of one of the most important....
|Title||:||President McKinley: Architect of the American Century|
|Publisher||:||Simon Reprint edition November 6, 2018|
|Number of Pages||:||624 pages|
|File Size||:||773 KB|
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President McKinley: Architect of the American Century Reviews
In President McKinley, Architect of the American Century, Robert W. Merry has written a dynamic biography of a man who presided over a nation of tremendous economic growth, emerging as an imperial power. The central question of this compelling book is whether McKinley was a master, or a servant, of political and economic forces of his time. Merry entertains and enlightens us for almost 500 pages with his answer.
William McKinley was a Buckeye being born in northeastern Ohio in 1843. He became a major in the 23rd Ohio Regiment commanded by future POTUS Rutherford B. Hayes. McKinley was a brave officer much beloved by Hayes. He graduated from Albany Law School in the post bellum years and began to practice law back in Ohio. He soon became involved in politics serving for several terms as a United States Congressman. McKinley was a strong Republican who rose to fame by his defense of high tariffs and the gold standard. He was patriotic and a compromiser who was stolid but effective. He was elected POTUS in 1896 with help from Mark Hanna a political operator, Senator from Ohio and wealthy industrialist. McKinley served one full and was assassinated in his second term. He died from his wounds in 1901. His wife was Ida who was an epileptic and had many physical and mental maladies. McKinley was a great husband who nursed her through the loss of their two young children. Hayes was a Methodist and loved the verities of Victorian life in his hometown of Canton.