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The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters | Meet the Author & Book Signing

December 12, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters | Buy The Book Today!

Karl Rove, bestselling author of Courage and Consequence and visionary behind the Republican Party’s last two presidential victories, has written a historical book with important lessons that can be applied to today’s political environment. The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters (on sale November 24, 2015) will be published one year before the next presidential election, coinciding with the beginning of the primary season in which over a dozen candidates are vying for the Republican nomination. The book offers a fresh look at the 1896 race between Democrat William Jennings Bryan and the man who defeated him and became the 25th president of the United States, Republican William McKinley.

On December 12th at 11am at the Cleveland History Center, Rove will discuss his research behind the book, some of which was conducted in the Research Library, and share insights into the birth of the modern campaign.  A book signing will immediately follow the program.

Advance Tickets available for $35. Ticket includes museum admission, preferred seating, and a copy of the new book.  Additional copies will be available for sale online and in the museum store.

About Karl Rove |

Karl Rove served as Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000–2007 and Deputy Chief of Staff from 2004–2007. At the White House he oversaw the Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison, and Intergovernmental Affairs and was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, coordinating the White House policy-making process.

Karl has been described by respected author and columnist Michael Barone in U.S. News & World Report as “…unique…no Presidential appointee has ever had such a strong influence on politics and policy, and none is likely to do so again anytime soon.” Washington Post columnist David Broder has called Karl a master political strategist whose “game has always been long term…and he plays it with an intensity and attention to detail that few can match.” Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard, has called Karl “the greatest political mind of his generation and probably of any generation. He knows history, understands the moods of the public, and is a visionary on matters of public policy.”

Karl now serves on the University of Texas Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee and on the Board of Trustees for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and the Texas State History Museum Foundation. He is a member of the McDonald Observatory Board of Visitors and the Texas Philosophical Society. He was inducted into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame in 2009 and the American Association of Political Consultants Hall of Fame in 2012.


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December 12, 2015
11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Cleveland History Center
10825 East Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44106 United States
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Cleveland History Center
216-721-5722 x1108