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 due to the fact 1934: From secretary to Abraham Lincoln to secretary of country for Theodore Roosevelt, Hay used to be a necessary American determine for greater than part a century.

John Taliaferro’s excellent biography captures the intense lifetime of Hay, probably the most awesome figures in American heritage, and restores him to his rightful position. deepest secretary to Lincoln and secretary of country to Theodore Roosevelt, Hay was once either witness and writer of the various most vital chapters in American history—from the start of the Republican celebration, the Civil struggle, the Spanish-American battle, to the prelude to global conflict I. As an envoy and statesman, he guided some 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 US as an international leader.

Hay’s acquaintances 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 reduce stone” and “the maximum top 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 state 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 good Prizes, the 1st authoritative biography of Hay in 80 years, renders a wealthy and engaging portrait of this great American

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During the Montgomery bus boycott. Refused passport for trip to lecture in China. Refused passport to attend the First International Congress of Black Writers and Artists sponsored by Présence Africaine in Paris. Publishes the historical novel The Ordeal of Mansart, the first book in the trilogy The Black Flame. Refused passport to attend Ghanaian independence ceremonies. Ninetieth birthday celebration held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York; two thousand people attend the event. Starts writing a new autobiographical work (published posthumously as The Autobiography of W.

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