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William McKinley by Kevin Phillips
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Sep 26, 11

bookshelves: 2011-books, presidential-books
Read from September 01 to 08, 2011

I liked Kevin Phillips’ big-picture perspective on politics and found it intriguing to learn a little more about the party patterns that he has noticed in his election studies. He highlights William McKinley’s amazing election, a hinge-point politically for the Republicans. I didn’t really like the inordinate amount of numbers in this book: vote tallies, tariff percentages, population and production numbers, etc., etc. It got quite dry and hard to get through at times. Another thing I got tired of was Phillips’ constant surmising of what would have happened if McKinley had not been assassinated (all roses and sunshine). However, it was interesting that he didn’t even really get into the actual event, which seemed odd. In summary, this was another so-so bio in the American Presidents series, a tolerable read.

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