The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898
On February 15th, 1898, the American ship USS Maine mysteriously exploded in the Havana Harbor. News of the blast quickly reached U.S. shores, where it was met by some not with alarm but great enthusiasm. A powerful group of war lovers agitated that the United States exert its muscle across the... show more
On February 15th, 1898, the American ship USS Maine mysteriously exploded in the Havana Harbor. News of the blast quickly reached U.S. shores, where it was met by some not with alarm but great enthusiasm. A powerful group of war lovers agitated that the United States exert its muscle across the seas. Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge were influential politicians dismayed by the "closing" of the Western frontier. William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal falsely heralded that Spain's "secret infernal machine" had destroyed the battleship as Hearst himself saw great potential in whipping Americans into a frenzy. The Maine would provide the excuse they'd been waiting for. On the other side were Roosevelt's former teacher, philosopher William James, and his friend and political ally, Thomas Reed, the powerful Speaker of the House. Both foresaw a disaster. At stake was not only sending troops to Cuba and the Philippines, Spain's sprawling colony on the other side of the world-but the friendships between these men.Now, bestselling historian Evan Thomas brings us the full story of 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 to today.
Publish date: April 27th 2010
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 471
Edition language: English
, American History
, Biography Memoir
, Military History
This book covers the lead up to and actual Spanish American War. It tells the story of America through a handful of historical figures including Teddy Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, William James, and William Randolph Hearst. Overall I thought this was a decent book, but it did not grab me. I thoug...
During the Iraq war, political pundits often compared the quagmire there to the war in Vietnam. The better comparison, however, was the Spanish-American War of 1898.In the lead up to that war, a cabal of wealthy oligarchs espoused the need for a war to bolster America’s image and begin the country’s...
The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898 deserves 4 stars for the easy reading style and short, succinct chapters focused on a particular area. Thomas has an easy style and you can see his weekly magazine level of detail and rigor. This book gives a good overview of the...