A Marvelous deep and rich biography of a historical figure who has been buried in a supporting role in history and who richly deserves the spotlight of history to shine brightly upon him.
If you were to ask who was at both Abraham Lincoln and William Mckinley's deathbeds and was instrumental in China's open door policy,and the Panama Canal treaty,and the border dispute between Alaska and Canada among many other things... the Answer is John Hay.
Hay Started with John Nicolay as Lincoln's private secretaries and built upon ambassadorships and other positions to become Secretary of State for Both Mckinley and Theodore Roosevelt.
Taliaferro does a spectacular job of bringing Hay back to life with beautiful turns of phrase and probing insights into his long and storied career. Most importantly, however he lets us hear Hay in his own voice, through his own letters.
A fantastic work bringing John Hay, deservedly, to center stage.