The President and the Assassin

The President and the Assassin

McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century

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In 1901, as America tallied its gains from a period of unprecedented imperial expansion, an assassin's bullet shattered the nation's confidence. This book is the story of the momentous years leading up to that event, and of the very different paths that brought together two figures of the era: President William McKinley and anarchist Leon Czolgosz. The two men seemed to live in eerily parallel Americas. The United States was undergoing an uneasy transition from a simple agrarian society to an industrial powerhouse, spreading its influence overseas by force of arms. Czolgosz was on the losing end of the economic changes taking place--a first-generation Polish immigrant and factory worker, sickened by a government that seemed focused solely on making the rich richer. Journalist Scott Miller chronicles how these two men, each pursuing what he considered the right and honorable path, collided in violence at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2011]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780679604983
0679604987
Branch Call Number: ONLINE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 422 pages) : illustrations

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 04, 2016

This book is less about the individuals (the president and the assassin) and more about the period and the prevailing attitudes at the turn of the century. Granted, William McKinley is not one of the most well-known presidents. And surely there isn't much information regarding Leon Czolgosz. Still, I hoped for a little more sustenance regarding the two figures, however, there's plenty here about industry, military, anarchy, politics, and society in the late nineteenth century. The author does wonderfully to portray the facts and withhold personal feelings.

lbarkema Nov 25, 2015

This was an incredibly readable account of McKinley's presidency and the rise or "life" of anarchism in the late 19th century. I enjoyed the way in which it was told, with parallel stories flipping back and forth between McKinley's presidency and dealings with foreign policy, and the history of anarchists in the United States and how Leon Czolgosz came to assassinate the President. I would absolutely recommend this book for some insight into the last decade of the 19th century, a time in American history that I knew little about.

JCLGreggW Mar 28, 2014

A wonderful read and a nice readalike for Erik Larson's DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY.

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Keogh
Jul 12, 2011

Very well told account of the assassination of President McKinley, weaving together the parallel stories of the President and the assassin, adding in the background of the Spanish-American war, the Boxer rebellion, society of the time, and the rise of the anarchist movement. Highly recommended and well written.

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