Books by Robert W. Merry

PRESIDENT MCKINLEY by Robert W. Merry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Although unlikely to share Merry's very high opinion of McKinley, most readers of this intelligent biography will agree that he was an astute politician and strong leader."
A fresh biography of the short-lived presidency of William McKinley (1843-1901), "an unlikely figure to be presiding over the transformation of America." Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 26, 2012

"Entertaining and likely to teach most readers something new—an especially good read in an election year."
Rating the presidents is a fascinating game. Merry (A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent, 2009) looks at the criteria and invites readers to make their own assessments. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2009

"Hugely entertaining popular history."
The president and editor in chief of Congressional Quarterly offers a lively biography of perhaps the most consequential one-term president in American history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

A vigorous biography (the second this year: see Edwin M. Yoder Jr.'s Joe Alsop's Cold War, p. 156) of the brothers whose journalistic opinion shaped American foreign policy through much of the Cold War. Read full book review >

"Dawdles occasionally, but ultimately a satisfying tour of 20th-century American politics via the life of two D.C. insiders."
An in-depth biography of 20th-century journalists Joseph and Stewart Alsop from historical writer Merry (A Country of Vast Designs, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >