By John Taliaferro
The 1st full-scale biography of John Hay given that 1934: From secretary to Abraham Lincoln to secretary of kingdom for Theodore Roosevelt, Hay was once a vital American determine for greater than part a century.
John Taliaferro’s wonderful biography captures the extreme lifetime of Hay, some of the most remarkable figures in American background, and restores him to his rightful position. inner most secretary to Lincoln and secretary of nation to Theodore Roosevelt, Hay was once either witness and writer of a number of the most vital chapters in American history—from the start of the Republican celebration, the Civil battle, the Spanish-American warfare, to the prelude to international warfare I. As an envoy and statesman, he guided a number of the country’s significant diplomatic tasks on the flip of the 20 th century: the Open Door with China, the production of the Panama Canal, and the institution of the US as a global leader.
Hay’s associates are a who’s who of the period: Mark Twain, Horace Greeley, Henry Adams, Henry James, and nearly each president, sovereign, writer, artist, energy dealer, and robber baron of the Gilded Age. His friends esteemed him as “a completely lower stone” and “the maximum leading minister this republic has ever known.” yet for all his poise and varnish, he had his secrets and techniques. His marriage to at least one of the wealthiest ladies within the nation didn't hinder him from pursuing the Madame X of Washington society, whose different mystery suitor was once Hay’s ally, Henry Adams.
All the nice Prizes, the 1st authoritative biography of Hay in 80 years, renders a wealthy and interesting portrait of this significant American
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