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All the great prizes : the life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt

Author: John Taliaferro
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover edView all editions and formats
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A portrait of Lincoln's private secretary and the Secretary of State under Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt traces his constant presence at Lincoln's side and his role in major historical events for more than half a century.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Biografieën (vorm)
Named Person: John Hay; Abraham Lincoln; John Milton Hay; Abraham Lincoln; John Hay; Abraham Lincoln
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Taliaferro
ISBN: 9781416597308 1416597301 9781416597414 1416597417 9781416597346 1416597344
OCLC Number: 800024794
Description: x, 673 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Oughtnottobiography --
Spunky point --
Potomac fever --
Bolts of war --
Progress of democracy --
Plain language --
Millionaires' row --
Roses in a glue-factory --
Scorpions --
Everlasting angels --
Two on the terrace --
Tame cats --
The English mission --
Setting the table --
Spheres of influence --
Rope of sand --
A reasonable time --
Fair warning --
Color of right --
Hayism --
All the great prizes.
Responsibility: John Taliaferro.

Abstract:

A portrait of Lincoln's private secretary and the Secretary of State under Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt traces his constant presence at Lincoln's side and his role in major historical events for more than half a century.

John Hay was both witness and author of many of the most significant chapters in American history--from the birth of the Republican Party, the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War, to the prelude to the First World War. Much of what we know about Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt comes to us through the observations Hay made while private secretary to one and secretary of state to the other. Hay's friends included virtually every president, sovereign, author, artist, power broker, and robber baron of the Gilded Age. As an ambassador and statesman, he guided many of the country's major diplomatic initiatives at the turn of the twentieth century: the Open Door with China, the creation of the Panama Canal, the establishment of America as a world leader. But for all his poise and polish, he had his secrets. His marriage to one of the wealthiest women in the country did not prevent him from pursuing the Madame X of Washington society, whose other secret suitor was Hay's best friend, Henry Adams. Here is the epic tale of one of the most amazing figures in American history.--From publisher description.

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