In any case, he's earned the right to have the tallest mountain in North America named for him. So, where does McKinley stand today? Even though mine owner Mark Hanna was on the opposing side, McKinley's conduct of the case caught his attention. Interesting as a bio of McKinley, an understated personality who kept getting the better of flashier politicians who perpetually underestimated the Civil War major. Merry born 1946 is an American journalist, publishing executive, commentator, and author. Domestically, he faced questions over monetary and trade policy, and internationally he successfully annexed Hawaii, liberated Cuba and occupied the Philippines. Even though he is from Northeast Ohio, I knew very little about McKinley when I started this book. He portrays McKinley as a chief executive of consequence whose low place in the presidential rankings does not reflect his enduring accomplish In this great American story, acclaimed historian Robert Merry resurrects the presidential reputation of William McKinley, which loses out to the brilliant and flamboyant Theodore Roosevelt who succeeded him after his assassination.
We rarely read of any misgivings or faults of the man. My home state of Ohio holds the distinction of producing the most presidents, and many would also say, the most mediocre presidents. Even though mine owner Mark Hanna was on the opposing side, McKinley's conduct of the case caught his attention. Personally, I sometimes found it a bit tedious wading through detailed accounts of such issues as tariffs, the gold standard and bimetallism. So, perhaps, Merry accomplished something rather worthwhile—he made me wish to learn more. There is also much color in these pages; McKinley is the humble boy who makes good and marries the beautiful daughter of the town banker-with tragic results. McKinley moves up the political ladder in Ohio, makes a number of connections, and through good old Mid-Western hard work, be The author kind of hamstrings the reader in his early assessment of President McKinley by declaring him as not being creative or visionary.
It also was, for me, a reasonable length of book right now 488 pages. Frequently dismissed as a middling political figure, Mr. One of these men was William McKinley, Jr. He seems to be rather quiet and introverted. While trying to avoid war with Spain until findings later considered dubious attributing the explosion on the Maine to hostile Spanish action made war unavoidable, he prosecuted war diligently, leading to defeats of the Spanish navy in the Philippines and in the Caribbean, and the seizure of Santiago, Cuba, and the island of Puerto Rico. In this sense, he was no different than Thomas Jefferson with respect to the Louisiana territory and James Polk with respect to Mexican territory in the west and southwest of North America. A well researched and written biography of an underestimated President.
Without doubt, it requires more of the author. Merry also recounts the political battles over imperialism that especially erupted in the annexation of Hawaii and the occupation of the Phillippines. The author covers both the trip to Buffalo and the assassination itself in a mere four pages, and then, except for a brief epilogue, the book comes to an abrupt end. He engaged in forceful diplomacy with Spain prior to our war with them resisting the bellicose rants of Theodore Roosevelt. I was not required to write a positive review. In it, readers will receive a valuable education on where America has been and, possibly, where it is going. He accomplished the annexation of Hawaii through a joint resolution of Congress when approval of a treaty of annexation appeared doomed, projecting American presence into the Pacific.
However, both authors reached the same conclusion about him: he was much more his own man and accomplished more to shape the presidential politics and Destiny of America in the 20th Century, than he has been given credit for by past historians. He he has also contributed to other books as well as written numerous articles and book reviews on foreign policy and historical topics for leading publications. All pre-orders are sold at the Membership Price or for one Member Credit, and are shipped separately. In my estimate, he is a president, if not among the greatest, certainly one my state can be proud of. Republican President William McKinley transformed America during his two terms as president 1897 — 1901. McKinley also sets the goal for keeping the nation strong at home as well.
Although not always easy to read, I did learn a lot about this man and all he accomplished during his lifetime. Having fulfilled the objectives of Manifest Destiny, the United States in the final years of the 19th Century struggled to define its role in the world and its sphere of influence. About the Author Robert Merry is the editor of The National Interest. Is it necessary to go to war in places like Cuba and The Philippines? Merry's epilogue seemed a fair summary - a lot happened during the McKinley presidency, and the argument is over how many of those events should be credited to McKinley. Merry writes movingly about McKinley's admirable personal life, from his simple Midwestern upbringing to his Civil War heroism to his brave comportment just moments before his death by assassination it was only six months into his second term when he was shot. Merry offers a window on the past that also holds a reflection on the present.
At times I had begun to wonder if McKinley had only occasionally had gotten his ankles wet. Republican President William McKinley in his two terms as president 1897 — 1901 transformed America. The native Ohioan fought for the Union during the Civil War, then studied law, set up his own practice, and became involved in local politics. Maybe if he had beaten his own drum, a la his successor who, let's face it, was almost a jerk , he would receive more credit. I know a lot more about McKinley than I did before, and I want to read more about him through past biographies, and it's to Merry's credit in all that he covers that I intend to do that. When his battalion became cut off without water or food on the far side of Antietam Creek, McKinley took the initiative to seek volunteers to help load up a wagon with necessary supplies and take it forward to the stranded forward units. Thinking on Hawaii was also influenced by Mahan's work on sea power, and on the advantageous positions of the islands if a canal was built.
This reviewer believes that he accomplishes that task and reveals a President who knew how to use executive power in ways that allowed him to accomplish his goals. A man everyone knows, Governor of New York and former Rough Rider Theodore Roosevelt. Merry gives all of us a new appreciation of President McKinley's contribution to America's greatest, eve McKinley An Underestimated President A more comprehensive exploration of William McKinley's life than Karl Rove's earlier recent work on the President. I received this book free from the publisher. He expanded executive power and managed public opinion through his quiet manipulation of the press.
He started a push for the gold standard, annexed Hawaii, destruction of the Spanish Empire and consolidation of America's Caribbean influence, rescue of Cuba, push for Philippines and Guam, open door policy with China, fair trade policy, momentum toward Isthmian Canal, and forging of better relations with Great Britain were among many of his accomplishments. In contrast, more remote history An interesting and readable biography of a forgotten president. McKinley moves up the political ladder in Ohio, makes a number of connections, and through good old Mid-Western hard work, becomes President of the United States. I was left with information in every sentence with no knowledge as I was reading whether it would be attributed to some authority. It's an example of good leadership, even if it's outwardly passive. It was here where he courted and married Ida Saxton, and sadly buried two daughters, Katherine and Ida, both dying of typhoid fever in childhood.
However, in his efforts to annex the islands, he ran headlong into a strong anti-imperialist sentiment in Congress. Merry makes a persuasive case that he was not just an amiable Ohio governor, protégé of Cleveland businessman Mark Hanna, but a canny, ambitious statesman. Did the Constitution follow the flag? My own suspicion, as well as Merry's, is that McKinley has been overlooked because of the far more dynamic president who followed him. And also chose not to footnote within the text. But others may not have that opportunity, s There are some presidential biographies you have to stick with, despite having the same points hammered home too often, because the historical record isn't so wide.