An ambitious drama making it highly debatable whether Czolgosz was a deluded anarchist or a utopian visionary. -- The Evening Standard, October 30, 2003
An intelligent, sophisticated effort that manages to express, yet criticise, just about everybody's point of view. -- The Times, October 30, 2003
It is refreshing to find a play dealing with public issues. Schlosser's play is densely informative. -- The Guardian, October 31, 2003
It's even handed...It's ironic: in killing McKinley, his assassin ushered in a regime inimical to him. It's gripping. -- The Observer, November 2, 2003
The dialogue is polished, the themes are bold; ... Schlosser creates an emotive history with some convincing characterisation. -- The TLS
From the Inside Flap
At the turn of the twentieth century, the President of the United States is shot by an anarchist. Is the crime a protest against America's imperial ambitions - or a cry for attention by an angry young man? Provocative, edgy and compelling, the first play by the author of Fast Food Nation and Reeder Madness is about patriotism, power and the allure of violence.
Brilliantly written, morally complex and chillingly original, Americans explores the origins of the American empire and the imprint it now leaves on the world.