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

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

Scott Miller


A SWEEPING story OF TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY the United States AND THE impossible to resist FORCES THAT introduced males jointly ONE FATEFUL DAY
 
In 1901, as the US tallied its profits from a interval of unheard of imperial growth, an assassin’s bullet shattered the nation’s self belief. The stunning homicide of President William McKinley threw into stark reduction the rising new global order of what may turn out to be referred to as the yankee Century. The President and the Assassin is the tale of the momentous years major as much as that occasion, and of the very various 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 appeared to dwell in eerily parallel Americas. McKinley used to be to his contemporaries an enigma, a president whose conflicted emotions approximately imperialism mirrored the country’s personal. below its renowned Republican commander-in-chief, the USA was once present process an uneasy transition from an easy agrarian society to an commercial powerhouse spreading its impact out of the country by means of strength of fingers. Czolgosz was once at the wasting finish of the industrial alterations taking place—a first-generation Polish immigrant and manufacturing unit employee sickened via a central authority that appeared targeted completely on making the wealthy richer. With a deft narrative hand, journalist Scott Miller chronicles how those males, each one pursuing what he thought of definitely the right 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 kingdom, whose diplomatic efforts prepared the ground for a part century of Western exploitation of China; Emma Goldman, the unconventional anarchist whose incendiary rhetoric encouraged Czolgosz to dare the unthinkable; and Theodore Roosevelt, the vainglorious vice chairman whose 1898 cost up San Juan Hill in Cuba is yet one of the exciting army adventures acknowledged right here.

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

Praise for The President and the Assassin
 
“[A] panoramic travel de strength . . . Miller has a great eye, proficient through years of journalism, for telling info and enriching anecdotes.”—The Washington autonomous evaluate of Books
 
“Even with no 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 brilliant paintings of heritage, splendidly written.”—Fareed Zakaria, writer of The Post-American World
 
“A genuine triumph.”—BookPage
 
“Fast-moving and richly detailed.”—The Buffalo News
 
“[A] compelling read.”—The Boston Globe
 
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