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William McKinley / Kevin Phillips.

By: Phillips, Kevin, 1940-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: American presidents series (Times Books (Firm)): Publisher: New York : Times Books, 2003Edition: 1st ed.Description: xviii, 188 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 0805069534; 9780805069532.Subject(s): McKinley, William, 1843-1901 | Presidents -- United States -- Biography | United States -- Politics and government -- 1897-1901DDC classification: 973.8/8/092 | B Other classification: 8
Contents:
Editor's note -- Introduction -- Ohio born and molded -- William McKinley, Ohioan -- Surprisingly modern McKinley -- Becoming and being President -- McKinley and the realignment of 1896 -- McKinley and American's emergence as a world power -- Political success, domestic progress, and the McKinley-Roosevelt continuum -- President McKinley in retrospect -- McKinley reconsidered -- McKinley in memoriam -- eminent McKinleyites -- Notes -- Milestones -- Selected bibliography -- Index.
Summary: Examines the life and presidency of William McKinley, arguing that his diplomatic and military achievements, as well as the lack of major scandal during his administration, make him worthy of admission to the ranks of the near-great chief executives.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [175]-177) and index.

Editor's note -- Introduction -- pt. 1. Ohio born and molded -- 1. William McKinley, Ohioan -- 2. Surprisingly modern McKinley -- pt. 2. Becoming and being President -- 3. McKinley and the realignment of 1896 -- 4. McKinley and American's emergence as a world power -- 5. Political success, domestic progress, and the McKinley-Roosevelt continuum -- pt. 3. President McKinley in retrospect -- 6. McKinley reconsidered -- appendix A. McKinley in memoriam -- appendix B. The eminent McKinleyites -- Notes -- Milestones -- Selected bibliography -- Index.

Examines the life and presidency of William McKinley, arguing that his diplomatic and military achievements, as well as the lack of major scandal during his administration, make him worthy of admission to the ranks of the near-great chief executives.

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Library Journal Review

Poor William McKinley gets little respect as America's 25th president (1897-1901). A puppet of Wall Street and campaign manager of Mark Hanna during the Gilded Age, he is merely ranked as one of the top average presidents. Here, political analyst Phillips (Emerging Republican Majority) attempts to save the martyred commander in chief from blinded ingrates. Based on accounts by revisionist historians, his critique is less a biography than a lawyer's brief to upgrade McKinley's reputation. In his heart, Phillips is convinced that McKinley would have been a great president if his successor, Theodore Roosevelt, had not stolen the show after the assassination. Phillips pleads for a near-great ranking. Doubtless, McKinley was a genuinely nice guy and a highly popular figure, yet his "hidden hand" executive approach was undercut by the bolder vision of the multitalented Teddy. Nonetheless, this is a lively and readable defense of McKinley that will enjoy popular appeal. Recommended for public libraries and presidential collections.-William D. Pederson, Louisiana State Univ., Shreveport (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Kevin Price Phillips (born November 30, 1940) has been a political commentator for more than thirty years. He was educated at the Bronx High School of Science, Colgate University, the University of Edinburgh and Harvard Law School. Phillips worked on Nixon's presidential campaign in 1968 and in the White House after the election. <p> His books include: Post-Conservative America (1982), The Politics of Rich and Poor: Wealth and Electorate in the Reagan Aftermath (1990), Boiling Point: Democrats, Republicans, and the Decline of Middle Class Prosperity (1993), Wealth and Democracy: A Political History of the American Rich (2002), Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism (2007), and 1775: A Good Year for Revolution (2012). <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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