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President McKinley: Architect of the American Century
Acclaimed historian Robert Merry will resurrect the presidential reputation of President William McKinley, who lost out to the brilliant and flamboyant Theodore Roosevelt who succeeded him after his assassination. In his two terms as president (1897 – 1901) McKinley transformed America, establishing the US as an imperial power. Although he does not register large in either public memory or in historians’ rankings, Merry will unfold the mystery of how this bland man managed so much powerful change.

Oct 22, 2020 05:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Robert W. Merry
Robert W. Merry’s Washington career, spanning nearly 45 years, has included stints as governmental and political reporter, publishing executive, commentator and author. Merry earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Washington, and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Merry is the author of five books. His latest book, published in November 2017, was President McKinley: Architect of the American Century. Merry has served on the Board of Advisers of Bloomberg Government and was a director of Acorn Media, distributor of high-end British drama. He has twice served as a Pulitzer Prize juror. He served as board chairman of the Software and Information Industry Association, a trade group for digital business. He has served on five nonprofit boards. Merry, the father of three children, lives with his wife, Susan P. Merry, a former association executive, in Langley, Washington, and Washington, D.C.