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The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898 - Evan Thomas
The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898
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On February 15, 1898, the USS Maine exploded in the Havana Harbor. Although there was no evidence that the Spanish were responsible, yellow newspapers such as William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal whipped Americans into frenzy by claiming that Spain's "secret infernal machine" had destroyed... show more
On February 15, 1898, the USS Maine exploded in the Havana Harbor. Although there was no evidence that the Spanish were responsible, yellow newspapers such as William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal whipped Americans into frenzy by claiming that Spain's "secret infernal machine" had destroyed the battleship. Soon after, the blandly handsome and easily influenced President McKinley declared war, sending troops not only to Cuba but also to the Philippines, Spain's sprawling colony on the other side of the world.As Evan Thomas reveals in his rip-roaring history of those times, the hunger for war had begun years earlier. Depressed by the "closing" of the Western frontier and embracing theories of social Darwinism, a group of warmongers that included a young Teddy Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge agitated loudly and incessantly that the United States exert its influence across the seas. These hawks would transform American foreign policy and, when Teddy ascended to the...
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780316004121 (031600412X)
ASIN: 031600412X
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Pages no: 496
Edition language: English
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3.0 War Lovers by Evan Thomas
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...
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4.0 The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898
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...
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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...
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