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 US AND THE impossible to resist FORCES THAT introduced males jointly ONE FATEFUL DAY
 
In 1901, as the US tallied its earnings from a interval of unparalleled imperial enlargement, an assassin’s bullet shattered the nation’s self assurance. The stunning homicide of President William McKinley threw into stark aid the rising new global order of what may become referred to as the yank Century. The President and the Assassin is the tale of the momentous years major as much as that occasion, and of the very varied 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 stay 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. lower than its well known Republican commander-in-chief, the U.S. used to be present process an uneasy transition from an easy agrarian society to an commercial powerhouse spreading its effect abroad through strength of palms. Czolgosz was once at the wasting finish of the industrial alterations taking place—a first-generation Polish immigrant and manufacturing unit employee sickened by means of a central authority that appeared targeted 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 precise 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 United States: John Hay, McKinley’s visionary secretary of nation, whose diplomatic efforts cleared the path 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 the following.

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 and thwart the juggernaut of change.

Praise for The President and the Assassin
 
“[A] panoramic travel de strength . . . Miller has a superb eye, proficient through years of journalism, for telling info and enriching anecdotes.”—The Washington self reliant evaluation 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 interpreting. . . . What makes the booklet compelling is [that] such a lot of conditions and occasions of the sooner time have parallels in our own.”—The Oregonian
 
“A awesome 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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