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The President and the Assassin by Scott  Miller
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Jul 07, 11

Read in July, 2011

It's difficult to live in Buffalo for long without hearing about the assassination of President McKinley. The site of it is only a few miles from my house. Knowledge of the circumstances is a little hard to come by. Scott Miller comes to the rescue, then, with this book. Miller takes it through joint tracks -- one through the life of McKinley, mostly concentrating on his Presidency, and one through the life of assassin Leon Czolgosz. Along the way there's plenty to be learned about the Spanish-American way and the anarchist movement of that time. This checks in at 350 pages of text, about the right size to satisfy most people's curiosity about the era.

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