9780316004121

War Lovers : Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire 1898

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  • ISBN13:

    9780316004121

  • ISBN10:

    031600412X

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 5/16/2011
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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Summary

On February 15, 1898, the USS Maine exploded in the Havana Harbor. Although there was no evidence that the Spanish were responsible, newspapers such as Hearst's New York Journal whipped up a frenzy, claiming that Spain had destroyed the ship. Soon after, the easily influenced President McKinley declared war, sending troops to both Cuba and the Philippines. In this rip-roaring history Thomas reveals that 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 including a young Teddy Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge agitated incessantly that the US exert its influence across the seas. US foreign policy was transformed and when Roosevelt became president there began a war without reason, concocted within the White House - a bloody conflict that would come at huge cost. Thrillingly written and brilliantly researched, THE WAR LOVERS is the story of 6 men at the center of history: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, McKinley, William James and Thomas Reed and confirms once more that Evan Thomas is a popular historian of the first rank.

Author Biography

Evan Thomas is the author of several bestselling works of history and biography, including Sea of Thunder. He was a writer and editor at Time and Newsweek for more than thirty years, and he is frequently a commentator on television and radio. He teaches at Princeton University and lives in Washington, D.C. www.evanthomasbooks.com

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 3
Dreaming of Fatherp. 15
The Noble Hacksp. 31
Manifest Destinyp. 51
The Large Policyp. 62
The Individualistp. 74
Selling Papersp. 92
The Czarp. 108
The Pleasant Gangp. 122
Aux Barricades!p. 134
Kinds of Couragep. 153
Romancep. 169
The Stolen Letterp. 190
Remember the Mainep. 209
The Trophies of Miltiadesp. 230
Hot Timep. 249
The Rocking-Chair Periodp. 269
Hurrying to Empirep. 287
Ambushp. 301
The Crowded Hourp. 316
Matters of Honorp. 335
Spoils of Warp. 355
A Certain Blindnessp. 374
Never Endingp. 397
Acknowledgmentsp. 415
Notesp. 419
Bibliographyp. 447
Indexp. 455
Reading Group Guidep. 471
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