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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (71 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kevin Phillips Narrator: Arthur M. Schlesinger, Richard Rohan Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The American Presidents Series Release Date:
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A bestselling historian and political commentator reconsiders McKinley’s overshadowed legacy.

By any serious measurement, bestselling historian Kevin Phillips argues, William McKinley was a major American president. It was during his administration that the United States made its diplomatic and military debut as a world power. McKinley was one of eight presidents who, either in the White House or on the battlefield, stood as principals in successful wars, and he was among the six or seven to take office in what became recognized as a major realignment of the U.S. party system.

Phillips argues that McKinley’s lackluster ratings have been sustained not by unjust biographers but by years of criticism about his personality, indirect methodologies, middle-class demeanor, and tactical inability to inspire the American public. In this powerful and persuasive biography, Phillips musters convincing evidence that McKinley’s desire to heal, renew prosperity, and reunite the country qualify him for promotion into the ranks of the best chief executives.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Petero | 9/14/2013

    " Poorly written book on one of our more neglected presidents. The author jumps all around chronologically and says almost nothing about his assassination. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Virginia Albanese | 7/12/2013

    " This was the most boring of all the Presidental biographies I have read so far. No antecdotal or personal writings. Just politics of how he was elected etc. Unfortunatley the only "adult" biography in the library system. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Calwriter8966 | 10/8/2012

    " Good biography of an underappreciated President. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Matt | 10/1/2012

    " Dry - only read if you're fascinated by Gilded Age tariff policy. "

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