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The Presidency of William McKinley (American Presidency Series) Hardcover – January 29, 1981


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Product Details

  • Series: American Presidency Series
  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas (January 29, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700602062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700602063
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #982,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Admirably researched, insightful, and sure-footed in analysis and argument. . . . A lasting contribution..." -- Presidential Studies Quarterly

"Excellent . . . a splendid book that supersedes the other accounts of this administration in analysis and perception." -- American Historical Review

"For anyone planning to read a single volume on McKinley, this book is highly recommended." -- Pacific Historical Review

"This study offers not only the most detailed defense to date ... but also the persuasive thesis..." -- Journal of American History

About the Author

Lewis L. Gould is Eugene C. Barker Centennial Professor Emeritus in American History at the University of Texas at Austin and author or coauthor of eighteen other books, including The Spanish-American War and President McKinley; The Presidency of Theodore Roosevelt; 1968: The Election that Changed America; Lady Bird Johnson and the Environment; and Lady Bird Johnson: Our Environmental First Lady.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Frank on October 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best in the UKanss Presidency series. Gould makes an effective argument that McKinley was the first modern president. This account helps to dispell the notion that McKinley was no different than the other Gilded Age Presidents. A really good read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Kirk VINE VOICE on September 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The impact of McKinley's presidency is widespread but the last couple of pages of this book summarize the problem.. TR was just too widely known and basically blurred out McKinley's impact on today's memory. From Cuba to the Phillipines, from Hawaii to US society as a whole, this president had a wide net of influence across the globe. The writer did an great job of summarizing these obstacles and challenges. I have a goal to read a book about every president and this one was a great source for a president that is hard to find a lot of information about. Summary, please read it!!
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Format: Hardcover
This book serves up a history of the McKinley Administration. This administration is interesting because it is the first modern presidency. McKinley was the first to deal with America's place on the world stage, and modern communications. He was the first to deal with the modernization of industry and its affect on governmental structure. All these experiences are detailed in this book, and it is done so in a way that reflects the lack of certainty with which McKinley faced these issues. What we see is that many of today's traditions and structures rests on the informed opinion of a man dealing with a lack of complete knowledge. This happens time and time again during this administration and Gould gets it. This book is enjoyable and very readable, so get it and enjoy.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lucas Hermedas on August 5, 2011
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All I knew about President McKinley was that he was in office before the charismatic Teddy Roosevelt. This book really gave me an insight on the McKinley Administration. The book, begins with his origins, mostly covers his presidency, and exposes the reader to McKinley, the man and the president. After reading this book I have another opinion of our 25th President, Major William McKinley (he liked to be addressed that way). Highly Recommended. Now I'm going to read Gould's Theodore Roosevelt.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James Ronald Colyer on April 16, 2008
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America emerged as a world power. After the Civil War, the idea spread that it is better to fight abroad. America fought the Spanish-American War in 1898 under McKinley. Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Philippines were freed from Spain. Hawaii was annexed. Alaska's highest mountain and the highest in North America was named after McKinley although the state of Alaska prefers to call it by its Indian name, Denali. McKinley was assassinated by an anarchist named Leon Franz Czolgosz.
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