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In the Days of McKinley

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  • Title: In the Days of McKinley
  • Author: Margaret Leech
  • ISBN: 9780945707240
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Hardcover
  • DedicationThe major his wife Champion of protectionRepublican success storyFront porch Prelude to high officeHoneymoon period Cuba Manila BayThe president the warSantiago Bay The price of delayThe submission of SpainThe war department Destiny in the Pacific The golden apple of discordFarewell to secretary AlgerMatter of U.S coloniesThe hero s return First ladyDedicationThe major his wife Champion of protectionRepublican success storyFront porch Prelude to high officeHoneymoon period Cuba Manila BayThe president the warSantiago Bay The price of delayThe submission of SpainThe war department Destiny in the Pacific The golden apple of discordFarewell to secretary AlgerMatter of U.S coloniesThe hero s return First lady Winter of decision The republican lawmakersAffairs of state The running mate the issuesThe verdict of the peopleThe second act begins Appointment at Buffalo EpilogueAcknowledgmentsSourcesNotes ReferencesIndex

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    1. Margaret Leech has been gone more than a third-of-a-century. Of course there is small mention of her. An admirable writer and a closely-informed historian, Leech was among the pioneers publishing the studied, popular histories which are common in this age. In 1941, Leech wrote, "Reveille in Washington," which certainly is a landmark volume (deserving of separate attention). "Days of McKinley," came in 1959. Each earned a Pulitzer Prize. William McKinley and those who share history with him seem [...]

    2. I've been reading biographies of each U.S. president in order, and this is, the 25th book, is the best I have read. In fact it's one of the best books I've ever readriod. It is long, yes, and it is packed with detail. But Margaret Leech is an utterly splendid writer, with the best novelistic style brought to bear on what could have been dry material. Her format and detail gave me the best sense I've ever had of what it must be like to do the job of president day in and day out. It took me a long [...]

    3. bestpresidentialbios/2015/“In the Days of McKinley” is Margaret Leech’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1959 biography of William McKinley. It remains one of the standard texts on this president and is indispensable to serious students of his era. Leech was a historian, author and the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes. She died in 1974 at the age of eighty.In many ways, this book is less a traditional presidential biography than a life-and-times centered around McKinley and his presidency. Although it [...]

    4. Leech received a Pulitzer Prize for this book, and I think I know why: she was married to Joseph Pulitzer's son, Ralph. Joseph was the one who founded the Prize. But I am not sure why this book won the Bancroft Prize. This is a tedious, frequently dense, read and I am only too happy to now be finished with it.I thought that this was a biography of William McKinley. And it is - sometimes. It starts off as a biography, taking us through his early years as a Major on the Union side in the Civil War [...]

    5. It took me about three months to get through this slow, old-fashioned biography, but I made it. I came to appreciate it and the writing style, but it has the slowest start of any book I've read in years. It covers the McKinley administration in great detail, with full information about every cabinet member, every issue faced, and all aspects of McKinley's personal and public life. Only his death is given short shrift, barely two pages. We never find out what happened to the crazed anarchist who [...]

    6. Great biography, even if it is a little dated. Leech portrays McKinley as a good man and a good president. She delves deep into his policies, the members of his cabinet and the Spanish-American war. Not much discussion is devoted to his assassination. It's obvious that Leech doesn't think highly of Ida McKinley, an invalid who insisted on carrying out her duties as First Lady. I can't tell if Mrs. McKinley was an exasperating attention-seeker or someone who did the best she could to live a full [...]

    7. It took me a long time to finish this book. There were so many unnecessary pages and descriptions of unwanted and non-important facts. That being said I did learn quite a bit about our 25th president and about the battles of the Philippines and with Spain.

    8. Not a strict biography, but a book about McKinley and his presidency with a focus on the Spanish American War. McKinley is a pretty interesting character and probably the most well-liked and popular forgotten president. I'm not sure why, but his popularity and actions remind me a bit of a 19th Century Ronald Reagan in that the perception of him was as a kind of out of touch grandfatherly figure who was universally loved by his party and was viewed as pro-business and imperialistic yet not malevo [...]

    9. - Overall this is a book that I'm glad is on my shelf and will no doubt be referenced in the future.- Not actually a biography of McKinley, but rather a book about the United States during McKinley's Presidency.- If it were to be solely judged as a biography it is lacking due to it's conciseness and lack of focus on McKinley. There are entire chapters which do not spend more than one paragraph on the character of McKinley. There are times where Theodore Roosevelt is the focus rather than McKinle [...]

    10. Compared to other whole-life presidential biographies I've read, this one concentrates more on the presidential years than on the rest of his life. Of the 600 pages of text, only the first hundred are prelude, with only a few paragraphs of denouement. This is not necessarily a bad thing.I've found that reading these presidential biographies has been a great way to learn U.S. history. In this book, Leech does a good job of placing McKinley in his context - what were the economic and political cha [...]

    11. This is an interesting, well-written book giving a great deal of detail about the life of a president who deserves to be better-known than he is. Mostly, he is remembered as "the guy whose assassination made Teddy Roosevelt president", but he was much more than that. This is an excellent source for someone who wants to increase their knowledge on the subject, and it's quite readable, as such things go. Not, perhaps, as easy to read as a David McCulloch biography, but not too far off.

    12. McKinley was a true Christian President who let his faith guide his policies. This concept is debatable in today's culture, but we can't fault McKinley for having a vision for America and sticking to it without compromising his integrity or values.

    13. You'll learn the reasons why the Progressive Movement caught hold in America. And, why FDR, JFK and all Liberals still believe in it!

    14. Book gets fairly dull in sections. At times way too much detail is included but it does give a sharp insight to McKinley

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