Synopses & Reviews
A bestselling historian and political commentator reconsiders McKinleys 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 McKinleys 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 McKinleys desire to heal, renew prosperity, and reunite the country qualify him for promotion into the ranks of the best chief executives.
"Although Phillips sounds strained on occasion, he nevertheless convinces readers that McKinley was a healing, renewing, and reuniting leader a near-great president, that is. A bold, new look that, itself, deserves a serious look." Brad Hooper, Booklist
In a powerfully written and persuasive biography, bestselling historian and political commentator Kevin Phillips reconsiders McKinley's overshadowed legacy, arguing that his lackluster ratings have been sustained by unjust biographers.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -177) and index.
About the Author
, author of Wealth and Democracy, The Cousins War,
Capital, is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times Magazine, and The Washington Post and is a commentator for CBS and National Public Radio.