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The Anarchist A Novel (Paperback)

Author:  John Smolens
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0307351890
ISBN-13: 9780307351890
Sku: 211244659
Publish Date: 12/8/2009
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  338
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"The Anarchist" is a richly detailed, fast-paced historical thriller based on the true story of one man''s delusional, murderous dream that ushered in America''s troubled 20th century.
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A tale based on the assassination of William McKinley finds a security team tracing the activities of delusional anarchist Leon Czolgosz, who worships the methods of political radical Emma Goldman and plots the president's murder to protest capitalism. Original.A tale based on the assassination of William McKinley finds a security team tracing the activities of delusional anarchist Leon Czolgosz, who worships the methods of political radical Emma Goldman and plots the president's murder to protest capitalism. Original.
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Virtually every American knows the names Lee Harvey Oswald and John Wilkes Booth, but surprisingly few can remember the name of the man who shot President William McKinley in Buffalo, New York on September 6, 1901. John Smolens presents a riveting fictionalized account of the assassination, including a detailed portrait of the man who pulled the trigger, a delusional anarchist named Leon Czolgosz. Smolens sets the killing at the center of the novel, allowing him to build character and tension as Pinkerton detectives investigate Czolgosz prior to McKinley's visit to Buffalo, and then to reveal the repercussions of the murder, including the rise of Theodore Roosevelt and Czolgosz's speedy trial and execution, which took place barely a month after his crime.

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"A character-driven historical novel that transcends genre and provides a fascinating perspective on the current spate of populist discontent with Washington....[C]haracters both real and imagined...hold center stage for a time; readers are drawn into their various stories by carefully crafted prose whose quiet authority is bolstered by a firm grasp of period detail." 11/01/2009

"[A] smart and compelling historical thriller....Have you ever cut yourself on a piece of glass without realizing it? Just like that, Smolens slides through gruesome episodes in such muted, unadorned prose that you barely realize what's happened until you see the blood. The genius of this novel is the tension he creates by moving quickly from quiet, moving scenes in the president's sickroom or Czolgosz's prison cell to raw, startling flashes of violence during the criminal investigation....It's an enthralling descent into the dark byways of the criminal mind..." - Ron Charles 12/16/2009

"[T]hrilling....There are no surprises if you know your history, but the subtlety and vigor with which Smolens evokes this turbulent era makes THE ANARCHIST far more than a superior adventure. A warning, however, to squeamish readers: I could not read Smolens's unflinching description of death in the electric chair." - Anna Mundow 02/28/2010

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0338
Product attributePublisher:   Three Rivers Press (CA)
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