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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 Havana Harbor. The sinking of the Maine was just the provocation Assistant Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt was looking for. Along with his friend Senator Henry Cabot Lodge and his rival, newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst, Roosevelt began stirring the public's desire for war against Spain. Roosevelt was soon charging up San Juan Hill in Cuba with his Rough Riders in a tragi-comic campaign that marked America's emergence as an empire abroad. Through the perspective of five larger-than-life characters--war lovers Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and two prominent doves, House Speaker Thomas Reed and philosopher William James--Evan Thomas portrays a pivotal chapter in American history.

An intriguing examination of the pull that war has on men, THE WAR LOVERS is moving saga of courage, ambition, and broken friendships with a provocative relevance to today.

About the Author

Evan Thomas was a writer and editor at Time and Newsweek for more than 30 years. He has frequently appeared as a commentator on TV and radio and teaches writing at Princeton. He is the bestselling author of six works of nonfiction: Sea of Thunder, John Paul Jones, Robert Kennedy, The Very Best Men, The Man to See, and The Wise Men. He lives in Washington D.C.

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lukas, August 8, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
"Remember the Maine!" If you know that phrase, but are unsure of what it means, this is a absorbing, insightful, and resonant book about the events leading up to the Spanish-American War in Cuba and what it meant for America in the 20th century. Roosevelt, who became president after McKinley was assassinated, newspaper magnate Hearst (the model for "Citizen Kane"), and Senator Henry Cabot Lodge are the larger than life figures who wanted war and weren't too scrupulous about how they got it. There are eerie parables between our entry into Cuba and our entry into Iraq: an ill-informed public, media hype, an overstated threat, and instinctive patriotism. Full of compelling characters, including philosopher William James, and lessons for contemporary Americans, this is an invaluable book about a neglected subject. It is really this period that sowed the seeds of American imperialism and empire. Also see "The Imperial Cruise."
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Thomas, Evan
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US History-19th Century
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