All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay from Lincoln to by John Taliaferro

By John Taliaferro

The 1st full-scale biography of John Hay on the grounds that 1934: From secretary to Abraham Lincoln to secretary of country for Theodore Roosevelt, Hay was once a vital American determine for greater than part a century.

John Taliaferro’s really good biography captures the extreme lifetime of Hay, some of the most impressive figures in American historical past, and restores him to his rightful position. inner most secretary to Lincoln and secretary of kingdom to Theodore Roosevelt, Hay used to be either witness and writer of a number of the most important chapters in American history—from the beginning of the Republican occasion, the Civil conflict, the Spanish-American conflict, to the prelude to international warfare I. As an envoy and statesman, he guided a few of the country’s significant diplomatic tasks on the flip of the 20th century: the Open Door with China, the construction of the Panama Canal, and the institution of the USA as an international leader.

Hay’s acquaintances are a who’s who of the period: Mark Twain, Horace Greeley, Henry Adams, Henry James, and almost each president, sovereign, writer, artist, strength dealer, and robber baron of the Gilded Age. His friends esteemed him as “a completely lower stone” and “the maximum major 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 kingdom didn't hinder him from pursuing the Madame X of Washington society, whose different mystery suitor used to be 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 excellent American

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