The Imperial Cruise

The Imperial Cruise

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In 1905 President Teddy Roosevelt dispatched Secretary of War William Taft, his gun-toting daughter Alice and a gaggle of congressmen on a mission to Japan, the Philippines, China, and Korea. There, they would quietly forge a series of agreements that divided up Asia. At the time, Roosevelt was bully-confident about America's future on the continent. But these secret pacts lit the fuse that would, decades later, result in a number of devastating wars: WWII, the Korean War, the communist revolution in China. One hundred years later, James Bradley retraces that epic voyage and discovers the remarkable truth about America's vast imperial past, and its world-shaking consequences. Full of fascinating characters and brilliantly told, The Imperial Cruise will forever reshape the way we understand U.S. history.
Publisher: Hachette Audio, 2009
ISBN: 9781607884330
Branch Call Number: AB 973.911 BRAD
Characteristics: 1 playaway (ca. 9 hr.)
Additional Contributors: Poe, Richard


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Aug 27, 2016

I'm suspecting some rewriting of history by the author as his spin directly contradicts other authors who sound more credible, like Eric Metaxas in "If you can Keep it". So I agree with the listed review.

Jan 24, 2011

Interesting to learn about the history of not just America but also Japan, Russia, Phillipines, China and other countries in the time period (late 19th century). However, much of the focus of this books is to demonstrate the American, and especially Theodore Roosevelt's, philosophy of a Teuton/Arian/Anglo-Saxon superiority. No doubt this is true but one gets the sense that we are not getting a balanced view of the American view of the world. For example, Roosevelt was virtually his own Secretary of War and Secretary of State and made many important decisions without consulting with Congress.

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