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The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898 Kindle Edition
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On February 15, 1898, the American ship USS Maine mysteriously exploded in the Havana Harbor. Some in the United States greeted the event with more enthusiasm than alarm. Dismayed by the “closing” of the Western frontier, politicians Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge wanted to see their country exert its muscle overseas. The sinking of the Maine would provide the excuse they’d been waiting for, especially when newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst falsely announced in the New York Journal that Spain’s “secret infernal machine” had destroyed the battleship.
Meanwhile, the philosopher William James, Roosevelt’s former teacher, and Thomas Reed, the powerful Speaker of the House, stood against what would become the Spanish-American War. At stake was not only sending troops to fight Spain in Cuba and the Philippines, but the friendships between these men.
Now, bestselling historian Evan Thomas examines this monumental turning point in American history. Epic in scope and revelatory in detail, The War Lovers takes us from Boston mansions to the halls of Congress to the beaches of Cuba and the jungles of the Philippines. It is landmark work with an unforgettable cast of characters—and provocative relevance today.
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- ASIN : B00351DSG4
- Publisher : Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (April 10, 2010)
- Publication date : April 10, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 7264 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 445 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #291,768 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book was not as good as either Nixon or the Imperial Cruise but interesting and a bit more personal and a complete story (similar to Thomas's Nixon) but not as all-encompassing about Teddy (forays with Japan) or Hearst. Given it all though, it was an enjoyable time-piece of the post-Conklin democratic era peering through the venomous Indian savagery on to the Teddy bellicose meanderings into his own brutal attempts to overcome his fear of irrelevance. As stated in the end of the book by Omar Bradley of his son and his father .. that he was a war lover who lost perspective of humanity.
Evan Thomas makes a convincing case that the overt and covert efforts of Roosevelt, Lodge, and Hearst brought on the Spanish-American War. The overriding goal was to compel America to become a world power and acquire foreign territories.
Although newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst (1863-1961) and senator Henry Cabot Lodge (1850-1924) play important roles in the story Mr. Thomas is telling; it is Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) who is the principal character in this book.
This reader was familiar with Roosevelt's war activities in Cuba but the Hearst and Lodge aspects of the story were new to me.
This book is a compelling read and sheds light on a little known but critically important aspect of our history, which has ramifications to this day.
I have had the pleasure of listening on audio book to the 3-volume biography of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris. This led to a book on the building of the Panama Canal, and several other TR related books including this title I am commenting on. Perhaps reading this book will inspire you to follow up with another book on this general topic.
I did love how the yellow journalists tried to make the news. Sound familiar? Fake news has been with us forever. How we ever thought anyone was telling us the truth is beyond me.
The main premise of the book is that TR, Lodge and Hearst had used their influence and positions of power in order to tilt the US government toward war in order to serve their own self-interests, which had nothing to do with liberating the Cuban people from the Spanish.
Overall, Thomas' premise remains unproved. During the entire book, he resorts to a dubious psychological analysis of TR's writing in order to show his power lust which, according to the author, developed mainly due to his father not participating in the Civil War and TR's desire to prove his manhood.
All in all, this book is still a great read on the Spanish-American war if you ignore all of the psychological analysis of TR's character that comes with it.