President McKinley: The Art of Stealthy Leadership by Robert W. Merry

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Read President McKinley: The Art of Stealthy Leadership Online Free - 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.

Title : President McKinley: The Art of Stealthy Leadership
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ISBN : 1451625448
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 640 pages


Jim rated it ★★★★★

September 19, 2017

Robert W Merry has done justice to the 25th President of the United States with his new work President McKinley: The Art of Stealthy Leadership (Simon & Schuster, 2017). William McKinley, a Union Civil War veteran, US Congressman, and Ohio Govenor, is often ranked in the top 20 of Presidents,...

Jimmy rated it ★★★★★

December 04, 2017

In the world of presidential biography, how would you grade the biography of one of our lesser – known presidents? Without doubt, it requires more of the author. The two main characteristics of such a presidential biography must revolve around: a) skilled writing that draws you into the life of o...

Christopher rated it ★★★☆☆

December 22, 2017

Robert Merry’s book, “President McKinley: Architect of the American Century” is a solid history of William McKinley’s life and presidency. The work is straightforward and workmanlike. It is, however, written in a stolid prose that lacks the narrative ability of better know popular historians like...

Bob rated it ★★★★★

December 27, 2017

Summary: A biography of McKinley's life, from Civil War hero to Canton attorney, congressman, governor, and to a presidency ended by an assassin's bullet, arguing he was a far more consequential president than usually credited. My home state of Ohio holds the distinction of producing the most pres...

E rated it ★★★★☆

January 30, 2018

Merry adopts the theory that McKinley was a forerunner of Eisenhower, the type of executive who seems merely to hover in the background but in fact is directing events precisely where he wants them to go. Whether he proves this theory is another matter. Merry provides a biography of McKinley's ful...

Kyle rated it ★★★★☆

November 15, 2017

My review at NRO is here:

Debbie rated it ★★★★★

December 09, 2017

This, the latest biography on McKinley, was certainly well worth the wait. Robert W. Merry does an admirable job of capturing McKinley, the person, as well as McKinley, the politician, making them both understandable and engaging for readers. After reading at least one biography on every US Pres...

Ginny rated it ★★★★☆

January 28, 2018

I am very glad I read this book. I gained a lot of knowledge about this time. It also was, for me, a reasonable length of book right now (488 pages). Whether I should be embarrassed or not, I have recently read some thick books and was ready for something that I could start and finish in a week....

Gary rated it ★★★★★

February 22, 2018

This is a timely and important book. Numerous newspaper editorialists have compared McKinley to Donald Trump, for a variety of reasons. But this book makes clear--without referring to the current era--that McKinley was no Trump. One of the most interesting parts of the book was McKinley's Civil W...

Scott rated it ★★★★☆

January 19, 2018

Having just read Chernow's new Grant biography, I thought that Merry's work on McKinley was more balanced (vs. Chernow's fawning examination of Grant), although like Chernow, Merry was prone to attempting to defend his subject and elevate him in the presidential rankings. Merry's epilogue seemed...

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