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
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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