Murdering McKinley

The Making of Theodore Roosevelt's America

Eric Rauchway

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When President William McKinley was murdered at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, on September 6, 1901, Americans were bereaved and frightened. Rumor ran rampant: A wild-eyed foreign anarchist with an unpronounceable name had killed the commander-in-chief. Eric Rauchway's brilliant Murdering McKinley restages Leon Czolgosz's hastily conducted trial and then traverses America with Dr. Vernon Briggs, a Boston alienist who sets out to discover why Czolgosz rose up to kill his president.

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"A fascinating story of America at a crossroads . . . Murdering McKinley stands out as a well-reasoned and well-told chronicle about the dawn of modern America." ---Bob Hoover, Post-Gazette

"A compact masterpiece that explains more about the late 19th Century than most historians know and yet is readable enough to take on an airplane . . . Accurate, comprehensive and cutting-edge history, it is also a rip-roaring tale...a book that holds high the standard for popular history. Illuminating the society that inspired a coldblooded murder, Rauchway's Murdering McKinley is a brilliant trip through the heart of the 19th Century." -Heather Cox Richardson, Chicago Tribune

"Eric Rauchway is that rare historian who is also a first-rate storyteller. Murdering McKinley is almost as impressive a literary feat as it is a scholarly one; a fascinating window on a turbulent time in our untold history and a damn good read to boot."
Eric Alterman, author of What Liberal Media? The Truth About Bias and the News

"Before Lee Harvey Oswald there was Leon Czolgosz (chol-gosh), the anarchist who shot and killed President William McKinley in 1901. Murdering McKinley tells the story of this assassin and the push he gave to progressivism by making Teddy Roosevelt president of the United States." ---Bruce Ramsey, The Seattle Times

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Eric Rauchway

Eric Rauchway has written about history for The Financial Times and The Los Angeles Times. He teaches at the University of California, Davis and is the author of The Refuge of Affections. He lives in Northern California.

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Murdering McKinley
The Making of Theodore Roosevelt's America
Eric Rauchway

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Hill and Wang
September 2004
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780809016389
ISBN10: 0809016389
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages, Includes 15 Black-and-White Illustrations, Notes, and an Index
$15.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Hill and Wang
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9780374707378
ISBN10: 0374707375
272 pages, Includes 15 Black-and-White Illustrations, Notes, and an Index
$9.99
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