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The Resource President McKinley : architect of the American century, Robert W. Merry

President McKinley : architect of the American century, Robert W. Merry

Label
President McKinley : architect of the American century
Title
President McKinley
Title remainder
architect of the American century
Statement of responsibility
Robert W. Merry
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "In this great American story, acclaimed historian Robert Merry resurrects the presidential reputation of William McKinley, which loses out to the brilliant and flamboyant Theodore Roosevelt who succeeded him after his assassination. He portrays McKinley as a chief executive of consequence whose low place in the presidential rankings does not reflect his enduring accomplishments and the stamp he put on the country's future role in the world. Republican President William McKinley in his two terms as president (1897 - 1901) transformed America. He established the US as an imperial power. Although he does not register large in either public memory or in historians' rankings, in this revealing account, Robert W. Merry unfolds the mystery of how this bland man managed so much powerful change. 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 through war and diplomacy; he developed the doctrine of "fair trade"; forced the "Open Door" to China; forged our "special relationship" with Great Britain. In short, he established the non-colonial imperialism that took America into global preeminence. 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 McKinley's admirable personal life, from his simple Midwestern upbringing to his Civil War heroism to his brave comportment just moments before his death by assassination (it was only six months into his second term when he was shot). Lively, definitive, and eye-opening, President McKinley resurrects this overlooked president and places him squarely on the list of one of the most important"--
  • "In this great American story, acclaimed historian Robert Merry resurrects the presidential reputation of William McKinley, which loses out to the brilliant and flamboyant Theodore Roosevelt who succeeded him after his assassination. He portrays McKinley as a chief executive of consequence whose low place in the presidential rankings does not reflect his enduring accomplishments and the stamp he put on the country's future role in the world"--
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Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1946-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Merry, Robert W.
Dewey number
  • 973.8/8092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E711.6
LC item number
.M54 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • McKinley, William
  • Presidents
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Presidents & Heads of State
  • HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
  • HISTORY / United States / General
Label
President McKinley : architect of the American century, Robert W. Merry
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 491-500) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
962006146
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
x, 608 pages
Isbn
9781451625448
Lccn
2016050943
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
President McKinley : architect of the American century, Robert W. Merry
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 491-500) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
962006146
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
x, 608 pages
Isbn
9781451625448
Lccn
2016050943
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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