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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

“Waiting On” Wednesday: The President and the Assassin

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication “can't-wait-to-read” selection is:

The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century by Scott Miller

From the publisher's catalog:
For the fans of The War Lovers and The Imperial Cruise comes a new book on the assassination of President William McKinley and a pivotal, dramatic period of upheaval in American history.

President McKinley and Leon Czolgosz lived in parallel yet vastly different versions of a nation that was rapidly changing. A country that had once been so proud of its simple, agrarian roots was giving way to a land of clanking, hissing factories and steamy cities filled with immigrants, all lorded over by a new breed of American, the rapacious Wall Street tycoon. The avuncular and deeply religious McKinley nurtured the transformation as a sign of the nation's greatness. Czolgosz saw a different America, one of poverty, desperation, and injustice, and became enamored with the idea of social revolution, and in anarchism found what he believed was the answer to society's ills.

This is a rich and sweeping chronicle of the paths that led our twenty-fifth President and his assassin, each pursuing what they considered right and honorable, to their fateful encounter in upstate New York. First-time author Scott Miller shows how their lives and the worlds they represent exemplified the churning forces of the late nineteenth century that helped create the America we know today.

This book is publishing 6/14/2011 by Random House.

1 comment:

Kay said...

This sounds really interesting and I know nothing about this assasination, other than remembering that it occurred. Nice choice!