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"Theodore Roosevelt steers America onto the shoals of imperialism in this stridently disapproving study of early 20th-century U.S. policy in Asia. Bestselling author of Flags of Our Fathers, Bradley traces a 1905 voyage to Asia by Roosevelt's emissary William Howard Taft, who negotiated a secret agreement in which America and Japan recognized each other's conquests of the Philippines and Korea. (Roosevelt's flamboyant, pistol-packing daughter Alice went along to generate publicity, and Bradley highlights her antics.) Each port of call prompts a case study of American misdeeds: the brutal counterinsurgency in the Philippines; the takeover of Hawaii by American sugar barons; Roosevelt's betrayal of promises to protect Korea, which 'greenlighted' Japanese expansionism and thus makes him responsible for Pearl Harbor. Bradley explores the racist underpinnings of Roosevelt's policies and paradoxical embrace of the Japanese as 'Honorary Aryans.' Bradley's critique of Rooseveltian imperialism is compelling but unbalanced. He doesn't explain how Roosevelt could have evicted the Japanese from Korea, and insinuates that the Japanese imperial project was the brainstorm of American advisers. Ironically, his view of Asian history, like Roosevelt's, denies agency to the Asians themselves. Photos, maps. One-day laydown." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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In 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt dispatched a secret diplomatic mission led by Secretary of War William Howard Taft, who traveled across the Pacific to Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, China, and Korea, and negotiated secret agreements that laid the foundation for America's Pacific engagement from World War II on. Bradley, the son of one of the flag raisers at Iwo Jima and the author of Flags of Our Fathers, tells the story of these events that affected World War II, communism in China, and the Korean War. He also describes what led up to the mission, including the previous US involvements in the Pacific. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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In 1905 President Teddy Roosevelt dispatched Secretary of War William Howard Taft on the largest U.S. diplomatic mission in history to Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, China, and Korea. Roosevelt's glamorous twenty-one year old daughter Alice served as mistress of the cruise, which included senators and congressmen. On this trip, Taft concluded secret agreements in Roosevelt's name.

In 2005, a century later, James Bradley traveled in the wake of Roosevelt's mission and discovered what had transpired in Honolulu, Tokyo, Manila, Beijing and Seoul.

In 1905, Roosevelt was bully-confident and made secret agreements that he though would secure America's westward push into the Pacific. Instead, he lit the long fuse on the Asian firecrackers that would singe America's hands for a century.

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Charlie Branch, April 7, 2012 (view all comments by Charlie Branch)
"Manifest Destiny" of westward expansion did not end with the Pacific shores of California... Subtitled "A Secret History of Empire and War", it bears reading in context with this century's efforts at "nation building" overseas by the United States. I feel fortunate to have been able to engage in "what if" discussions in my high school history classes, but we did not have the benefit of this information, which would have really opened up our scrutiny of 20th century history (to the early 1970s of my HS experience). Family histories, education, philosophy and relationships are revealed among the cruise passengers, with U.S. government motives for this voyage of 1905 that affects our world today.
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ISBN:
9780316008952
Author:
Bradley, James
Publisher:
Little Brown and Company
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1900-1945)
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
International Relations - Diplomacy
Subject:
Roosevelt, Theodore
Subject:
Japan Foreign relations United States.
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
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Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.40x6.20x1.90 in. 1.50 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Theodore Roosevelt steers America onto the shoals of imperialism in this stridently disapproving study of early 20th-century U.S. policy in Asia. Bestselling author of Flags of Our Fathers, Bradley traces a 1905 voyage to Asia by Roosevelt's emissary William Howard Taft, who negotiated a secret agreement in which America and Japan recognized each other's conquests of the Philippines and Korea. (Roosevelt's flamboyant, pistol-packing daughter Alice went along to generate publicity, and Bradley highlights her antics.) Each port of call prompts a case study of American misdeeds: the brutal counterinsurgency in the Philippines; the takeover of Hawaii by American sugar barons; Roosevelt's betrayal of promises to protect Korea, which 'greenlighted' Japanese expansionism and thus makes him responsible for Pearl Harbor. Bradley explores the racist underpinnings of Roosevelt's policies and paradoxical embrace of the Japanese as 'Honorary Aryans.' Bradley's critique of Rooseveltian imperialism is compelling but unbalanced. He doesn't explain how Roosevelt could have evicted the Japanese from Korea, and insinuates that the Japanese imperial project was the brainstorm of American advisers. Ironically, his view of Asian history, like Roosevelt's, denies agency to the Asians themselves. Photos, maps. One-day laydown." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In 1905 President Teddy Roosevelt dispatched Secretary of War William Howard Taft on the largest U.S. diplomatic mission in history to Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, China, and Korea. Roosevelt's glamorous twenty-one year old daughter Alice served as mistress of the cruise, which included senators and congressmen. On this trip, Taft concluded secret agreements in Roosevelt's name.

In 2005, a century later, James Bradley traveled in the wake of Roosevelt's mission and discovered what had transpired in Honolulu, Tokyo, Manila, Beijing and Seoul.

In 1905, Roosevelt was bully-confident and made secret agreements that he though would secure America's westward push into the Pacific. Instead, he lit the long fuse on the Asian firecrackers that would singe America's hands for a century.

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