The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century

By Scott Miller

A SWEEPING story OF TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY the USA AND THE impossible to resist FORCES THAT introduced males jointly ONE FATEFUL DAY
In 1901, as the United States tallied its profits from a interval of extraordinary imperial enlargement, an assassin’s bullet shattered the nation’s self belief. The surprising homicide of President William McKinley threw into stark reduction the rising new global order of what may emerge as often called the yank Century. The President and the Assassin is the tale of the momentous years prime as much as that occasion, and of the very diversified paths that introduced jointly of the main compelling figures of the period: President William McKinley and Leon Czolgosz, the anarchist who murdered him.

The males looked as if it would dwell in eerily parallel Americas. McKinley was once to his contemporaries an enigma, a president whose conflicted emotions approximately imperialism mirrored the country’s personal. less than its renowned Republican commander-in-chief, the USA used to be present process an uneasy transition from an easy agrarian society to an business powerhouse spreading its effect in a foreign country via strength of fingers. Czolgosz was once at the wasting finish of the commercial adjustments taking place—a first-generation Polish immigrant and manufacturing facility employee sickened via a central authority that appeared concentrated exclusively on making the wealthy richer. With a deft narrative hand, journalist Scott Miller chronicles how those males, each one pursuing what he thought of the proper and honorable direction, collided in violence on the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.

Along the way in which, readers meet a veritable who’s who of turn-of-the-century the US: John Hay, McKinley’s visionary secretary of country, whose diplomatic efforts cleared the path for a part century of Western exploitation of China; Emma Goldman, the novel anarchist whose incendiary rhetoric encouraged Czolgosz to dare the unthinkable; and Theodore Roosevelt, the vainglorious vp whose 1898 cost up San Juan Hill in Cuba is yet one of the exciting army adventures mentioned the following.

Rich with relevance to our personal period, The President and the Assassin holds a replicate as much as a desirable interval of upheaval while the titans of grew fats, speculators sought fortune out of the country, and determined souls became to terrorism in a useless try and thwart the juggernaut of change.

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“[A] panoramic travel de strength . . . Miller has an outstanding eye, expert via years of journalism, for telling information and enriching anecdotes.”—The Washington self sufficient assessment of Books
“Even with out the intrinsic draw of the 1901 presidential assassination that shapes its pages, Scott Miller’s The President and the murderer [is] soaking up analyzing. . . . What makes the ebook compelling is [that] such a lot of conditions and occasions of the sooner time have parallels in our own.”—The Oregonian
“A fantastic paintings of heritage, splendidly written.”—Fareed Zakaria, writer of The Post-American World
“A actual triumph.”—BookPage
“Fast-moving and richly detailed.”—The Buffalo News
“[A] compelling read.”—The Boston Globe
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