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The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century (Englisch) Audio-CD – Audiobook, 27. Juni 2011

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“[A] panoramic tour de force . . . Miller has a good eye, trained by years of journalism, for telling details and enriching anecdotes.”—The Washington Independent Review of Books
“Even without the intrinsic draw of the 1901 presidential assassination that shapes its pages, Scott Miller’s The President and the Assassin [is] absorbing reading. . . . What makes the book compelling is [that] so many circumstances and events of the earlier time have parallels in our own.”—The Oregonian
“A marvelous work of history, wonderfully written.”—Fareed Zakaria, author of The Post-American World
“A real triumph.”—BookPage
“Fast-moving and richly detailed.”—The Buffalo News
“[A] compelling read.”—The Boston Globe
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As a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and Reuters news agency, Scott Miller spent nearly two decades in Asia and Europe, reporting from more than twenty-five countries. His articles—covering fields as varied as the Japanese economic collapse, the birth of a single European currency, French culinary traditions, and competitive speed knitting—have also appeared in The Washington Post and the Far Eastern Economic Review, among others. He has been a contributor to CNBC and Britain’s Sky News. Miller holds a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Cambridge and now lives in Seattle with his wife and two daughters. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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"The President and the Assassin" tells the parallel stories of President William McKinley who was leading the United States to threshold of the American Century and Leon Czolgosz, the anarchist drifter who would gun him down in Buffalo. More than the stories of two people, it is the stories of movements that were pulling America in opposite directions.

The focus on McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt brings up much that is found in other volumes with an emphasis on the governing class' fear and concern about the anarchist movement. The reader comes to understand that, in his day, McKinley was a revered leader, not the generally forgotten predecessor of TR as he is now remembered.

The perspective of this book that I found to be most interesting is the explanation of the sources and significance of the anarchism that really threatened America as it strode onto the World Stage. This book reveals anarchism's roots in Europe and how the "propaganda of the deed" was used on both sides of the Atlantic. It enables the reader to understand that the assassination of McKinley was not an isolated incident but a blow by a Trans-Atlantic Angel of Death that snuffed out the lives of European leaders along with McKinley. There was a movement that saw the world in a struggle between the rulers and the ruled. Others who carried this virus to America play prominent roles in the story.

Besides recalling a tragic murder, "The President and the Assassin" tells the story of a struggle for the heart of America, a time when the stable, Shining City on a Hill was in the future, a time when a tumble into revolution and disorder was viewed as a real possibility, not a paranoid dream. While not a conspiracy per-se, the placement of this crime in the world-wide ferment makes author Scott Miller tale, in my view, a much more interesting one than the story of the Kennedy assassination and, perhaps, even the Lincoln conspiracy.
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HASH(0x8ff835c4) von 5 Sternen Story of McKinley's assassination -- and much more besides 12. August 2011
Von Christopher Barat - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The most remarkable thing about Miller's eminently readable discussion of the assassination of William McKinley by anarchist Leon Czolgosz in September 1901 is how little attention is paid to the deed itself. Miller is about more here than a "tick-tock" retelling of a sad event in American history; he places the assassination squarely in context by devoting the majority of the book to a survey of McKinley's highly consequential Presidency, the growth of the anarchist movement in the U.S., and the aimless Czolgosz' gradual absorption by the anarchist subculture. The Haymarket bombings and trial, the Cuban insurrection against Spain, the Spanish-American War, the career of Emma Goldman, and the establishment of an American empire are among the topics covered here, with chapters generally alternating between the McKinley material and the anarchist/Czolgosz matter. Once you get used to the book's structure, the narrative flows reasonably well. In intertwining the McKinley and anarchist threads, Miller in no way argues that Czolgosz -- who, while a shiftless loner, appeared to be eminently sane -- killed McKinley because of opposition to imperialism. However, the juxtaposition of the two stories leads the reader to wonder whether the social inequalities and unrest of the turn of the 20th century, coupled with what the American Left at the time thought was an unseemly grab for worldwide power by government and business working in harmony, provided the necessary spark for Czolgosz' solitary explosion.

I'm pleased to see that Miller resists the temptation to resort to common stereotypes and characterize McKinley as a cipher or a simple puppet of big business. McKinley was definitely in the Calvin Coolidge mold when it came to economics, but he had a distinctive common touch that the taciturn Coolidge generally lacked. His treatment of others -- especially his invalid wife -- was genuinely thoughtful and touching. He was also far from a passive spectator to the Spanish-American War, as some have claimed. As Miller demonstrates, once the pacifistic McKinley decided that the war with Spain needed to be prosecuted, he was willing to go beyond the war's original aims, with the result that America acquired the Philippines and Guam, in addition to carving out a distinctive "sphere of influence" in Cuba. It's not surprising that Americans reacted so vehemently to his death, with citizens of Buffalo (where the assassination took place) seriously threatening to lynch Czolgosz and the government casting a general dragnet for anarchists.

Like the very similar THE PRESIDENT IS A SICK MAN, THE PRESIDENT AND THE ASSASSIN is a choppy, but highly valuable, window into 19th-century America.
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HASH(0x8fd97498) von 5 Sternen I done my duty ! 16. Juni 2011
Von Paul Gelman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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These were the words uttered by President McKinley's assassin immediately after he had shot the American president. Did he regret it? No. Before being executed, the assassin, Leon Czolgosz, cried out:" I killed the President for the good of the laboring people, the good people. I am not sorry for my crime but I am sorry I can't see my father".
The presidency of McKinley was the one when the modern American nation, economy and foreign policy were forged. These were the times when the USA conducted a war against the Spanish empire and acquired more territories, such as Hawaii, and Cuba was firmly under American control, while Taft was turning the Philippines into a peaceful colony during his watch as governor there. The American society was undergoing a deep and significant change from an agrarian one to an industrial one. This process meant, on the one hand, that some got very rich, and, on the other hand, millions of workers were conducting a battle of existence, performing the same mind-numbing tasks for 10 or even 16 hours a day. In fact, one observer described the situation of the masses as "one of unmitigated serfdom". New inventions and manufacturing techniques made it possible to produce more and more with fewer workers, and those who were lucky went on frequent strikes. Labor unions were still weak and the interests of the workers were mainly discussed and raised by the anarchists, whose number was spreading constantly. In other words, those desperate workers turned to violence, and the anarchists provided the fuel for it.
One of these frustrated people, who was a Polish immigrant and factory-worker, Leon Czolgosz, decided that president McKinley was focusing on making the rich richer. He came to the conclusion that he had to obey his conscience and terminate the life of his enemy.
These were the times when anarchism was to be found not only in America. It rose to fame towards the end of nineteenth century Europe, where a number of prominent personalities were assassinated. The roots of anarchism were to be found in ancient Greece and the tradition of it passed on to Western Europe many centuries later, where it found many adherents who perfected not only its theory but also its violent acts. Anarchist attacks and threats of attacks terrified citizens in just about every major European city, and the impact was especially felt in the city of lights, Paris, whence newspapers were reporting almost daily about bloody encounters between police and anarchists.
The ideas of anarchism made their way to America and Mr. Miller offers his readers not only a vast, detailed and panoramic view and analysis of anarchism and its promoters, such as Albert Parsons and Johann Most, but also of the American society and the various political and social processes it underwent before and after McKinley's election.
To be more precise, this book shows the way the upper and lower classes were living at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth, when various scandals and strikes against monstrous employers dominated the American public scene. The times were turbulent and full of contrasts and it is here where one could meet Secretaries of State, congressmen, hard-working people, soldiers and generals, tycoons and policemen, investors and inventors, immigrants and propaganda makers. These were also the times when John Hay, the legendary Secretary of State, was paving the way for the exploitation of China, following the American intervention in the Boxer rebellion, while Emma Goldman, the famous anarchist, was active in her efforts to promote anarchist ideas, serving as the inspiration of Czolgosz to do commit his crime, although he had denied any ideological connection with Emma. One paper, the 'Free Society', opined that an assassination of McKinley would hardly serve the interests of the anarchist cause. In the words of the paper, "any fool who would kill the paltry Napoleon (meaning: McKinley), would be the deadliest enemy of anarchism". The famous Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo in June 1901 which would serve as the final destination of McKinley's life, the last days of the wounded president, his doctors' decisions and actions, the fate of Czolgosz, his trial and the reaction of the public immediately after the attempt to assassinate McKinley and after it, the whereabouts of Ida, Mckinley's sickly wife-all are detailed here copiously.
The assassination has changed America from within and from without. This book is extremely well-researched and a great pleasure to read. It is another proof of the fact that such a vast subject can be brought alive, if the task is given to a very talented writer and gifted researcher like Mr. Miller, whose book is splendidly written. It does not contain one boring moment and in many parts reads like a thriller. This book will definitely stay for us for a very long time, serving as a standard history of those rough but extremely dynamic times.
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HASH(0x8ff869b4) von 5 Sternen Two Books Not Well Meshed 13. Februar 2012
Von Rick Mitchell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is jammed packed with information. "Sweeping" is one way to put it. It is actually two books. The first is a bio-history of McKinley and his term as president. The second is an account of the rise of anarchy (with labor unrest) in the last decades of the 19th century. The only way Mr. Miller puts the two together is by noting that McKinley's assassin attended some anarchist rallies. Although pro-labor, he wasn't even that active.

My biggest problem with the book is that Mr. Miller tracks McKinley's career and the Spanish-American War while at the same time tracking America's labor problems and the rise of anarchistic views in the country. He generally alternates chapters. Sounds like a good plan. However, when he was tracking the McKinley saga, he was always four to ten years ahead of the anarchy story. Not only did this make it difficult to follow, the reader is unable to conflate the two. Worse, it means he never traced McKinley's life and career in the context of the labor and anarchy movements. Amazingly, the reader never gets McKinley's views on these except to learn that he was pro-business.

The information in both accounts is excellent and well-presented. It was presenting them in one book without combining the two that brings this book down. It would have made two very good books instead of one disjointed tome.
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HASH(0x90092950) von 5 Sternen Interesting From A Lot Of Perspectives 29. Juni 2011
Von G.I Gurdjieff - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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What attracted me to this book was that it seemed like one of those all-encompassing stories in the vein of Eric Larson which presents a slice of history as an all-encompassing story.
Author Scott Miller covers a lot of ground in this book in respect to not only looking at one very fatal act (the assasination of President William McKinley by anarchist Leon Cyglosz(sp?), but also digging into the backgrounds of both men. Miller's research is very thorough and he has managed to present a well-balanced account of both mens lives and insert them in respect to the emerging new century and the changes that were occurring in this country as well as the world. While this book manages to look at McKinley and his policies which was informative, it was probably the quasi-anonymous assasin that had an odd sort of appeal to this reader in the respect that he was really sort of an non-descript sort of man who got involved in the socialist movement. Since I knew less about anarchy and people like Emma Goldman and Albert Parson and events such as the Haymarket Riot, this added a lot to my general understanding of the period and put McKinley's assasination into a different perspective for me.
After reading this book, I felt as though I had picked up a substantial amount of knowledge regarding this incident and the era covered and will use it as a springboard for further investigation.
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HASH(0x8ff83ae0) von 5 Sternen A Far Far Better Book than the Title Implies 19. Juli 2011
Von Joe Minnock - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I admit a fascination with murder and mayhem and looked to this book to educate me regarding the assassination of President McKinley. However, when I got into it, it was a far broader and far better book that a mere crime procedural. The author traces the lives of both the assassin and President McKinley and weaves the history of the country as a whole into his narrative. As such, it is much broader than merely about the assassination. If you called it a history of the 1890s it would still be an excellent book. If you are interested in history, you will enjoy both the topic and the writing style.
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