The President and the Assassin: McKinley, terror, and empire at the dawn of the American Century

From Ellen Druda
Author:  Scott Miller
The President and the Assassin: McKinley, terror, and empire at the dawn of the American Century
 President McKinley’s two terms as president saw America move from an inward-looking isolationist country to a world power as we came into the twentieth century.  Our borders and outlook began to open up to new people and ideas, and our country faced turbulence and radical change.  The industrial revolution brought a deep division of wealth, and citizens became angry over the disproportion.  War was waged on foreign soil for financial reasons.  Unemployment grew and the economy tumbled.  Does it all sound familiar?  The book tells the story of McKinley’s rise and ultimate assassination by a troubled anarchist, but what is most striking are the similarities between that period in history and this.  Miller brings history alive as we travel along to the ultimate outcome meeting such famous folk as Emma Goldman, Theodore Roosevelt, and Admiral Dewey.