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


This book proved to be more than just a dual biography of assassin and presidential victim. Scott Miller manages to run the gambit of personalities and events that captured the nation’s attention during the turn of the century: the zealous machinations of Theodore Roosevelt and the Spanish-American War; the equally zealous efforts of Emma Goldman, Alexander Berkman, Albert Parsons, and other anarchists trying to destabilize the government; Commodore George Dewey and his lopsided naval victory in Manila Bay; the Haymarket Square riot and other violence due to labor unrest. And through it all, we follow the paths of William McKinley and Leon Czolgosz and their intersection in Buffalo, NY.

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