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The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War

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On the success of his two bestselling books about World War II, James Bradley began to wonder what the real catalyst was for the Pacific War. What he discovered shocked him.

In 1905 President Teddy Roosevelt dispatched Secretary of War William Taft, his daughter Alice, and a gaggle of congressmen on a mission to Japan, the Philippines, China, and Korea with the intent of forging an agreement to divide up Asia. This clandestine pact lit the fuse that would-decades later-result in a number of devastating wars: WWII, the Korean War, and the communist revolution in China.

In 2005, James Bradley retraced that epic voyage and discovered the remarkable truth about America's vast imperial past. Full of fascinating characters brought brilliantly to life, The Imperial Cruise will powerfully revise the way we understand U.S. history.

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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, China, and Korea. A century later, Bradley travels in the wake of Roosevelt's mission to discover what transpired in these meetings.

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James Bradley is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Flyboys and Flags of Our Fathers and the son of one of the men who raised the American flag on Iwo Jima. He lives in New York.

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MAA, August 24, 2013 (view all comments by MAA)
Bully! A welcome corrective to the recent relative Roosevelt hagiographies. Eye-opening, mind-expanding, ear-popping tales of Teddy, the Japan-Roosevelt-Monroe sphere-of-influence doctrines, Open-Door policies that appeal to the 'humanitarians' taking on the White Man's Burden, the overwhelming economic role of Jesus opium - including the fortunes of Delano & Roosevelt families, opposing the Yellow Peril from China & the Phillipines by enlisting the 'Aryan' Japanese!! Well written, altho' one gets the feeling that Bradley lays it on just a little thick to counter the Bully-Boy syndrome of late.
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tkozlo, January 25, 2011 (view all comments by tkozlo)
Mind-blowing --to borrow a 1960's term for a book about a titanic figure of c. 1900. This well-documented study may not sink Theodore Roosevelt, but it dunks and holds him under a long while. It turns out, Teddy was enthralled with Japanese militarization and industrialization, and conferred on them an "Honorary Aryan" award (for he did have a rating system for higher and lower races.)
On the imperial cruise, Roosevelt sent his massive protege and future President William Howard Taft across the Pacific, with Japan the most significant of several stopping points. Here, secret unconstitutional diplomacy was conducted, agreements reached, without bringing in the U.S. Senate. Teddy wanted the Japanese to know that they were the ones qualified to dominate the Pacific sphere (the Phillipines excluded, of course.) No quarrel with that ensued with the leaders of the Land of the Rising Sun, natch. 1941 would bring in another Roosevelt, Franklin, to deal with the catastrophe that had built up until its explosion that year at Pearl harbor.
Theodore's papers were published after his death, but this commitment of his was ignored. Author Bradley lists ample footnotes for additional research. The story of the cruise also has the lighter entertainment of a romance between Congressman Nicholas Longworth and the high-spirited presidential daughter, Alice Roosevelt.
I still choose to admire TR for his conservation legacy and his battles with corporate power, but oh my, could he ever go off on a diplomatic bender.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316014007
Author:
Bradley, James
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1900-1945)
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
International Relations - Diplomacy
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
China
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1 in 0.8 lb

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"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, China, and Korea. A century later, Bradley travels in the wake of Roosevelt's mission to discover what transpired in these meetings.
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