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This lively, thought-provoking analysis is based on the author's highly acclaimed Presidency of William McKinley.
"This is by all odds the best study of the coming of the war, the war itself, and the aftermath of the conflict."Paul S. Holbo, University of Oregon.
"According to the author, McKinley's enhancement of presidential power and his personal leadership in war-making and diplomacy made him 'the first truly modern president.' This thesis is carefully developed and effectively argued. . . . The book's brevity, readability, and interpretive insights make it attractive for the classroom. . . . But this is no mere digest for undergraduates, for more advanced scholars can learn from it, too."Pacific Historical Review.