The Imperial Cruise

The Imperial Cruise

A Secret History of Empire and War

Large Print - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2009.
Edition: First large print edition
ISBN: 9780316024617
Characteristics: 495 pages (large print) :,illustrations, maps ;,25 cm.

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Hopalong_Kid
Jun 29, 2016

Excellent history to put the era of American Imperialism into context.

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Dino789
Mar 13, 2016

It's easy to see the political leanings of the commenters by what they think of this book, but hard to interpret the facts behind the opinions. Certainly the United States made many mistakes in foreign policy, some of which made Japan's attack on the U.S. not as surprising as it is frequently portrayed. I enjoyed this book and thought it gave an interesting perspective on United States manipulation of foreign governments that later backfired. In retrospect, the overthrows in the Philippines and Hawaii were in violation of the law at that time, and did contribute to World War II. I wish the people who denigrate (or praise) this book would say why they feel this way, instead of simply disagreeing with it and claiming it is "spin." What errors did the author make in relating the facts, and drawing conclusions from those facts? The U.S. often claims to behave morally in its dealings with other nations; it's tragic when secret activities undermine those morals and damage relationships with other nations, as it this book describes.

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Fisern
Aug 03, 2015

Categorizing this book as Non-fiction is a joke. The author's personal feelings and opinions overshadow what could have been a very interesting topic. He seems to spend a majority of his time trying to spin every possible bit of data about Teddy Roosevelt in a negative way. There are legitimate criticisms of Roosevelt that can be made but unfortunately this author would rather stretch the truth to make it fit his narrative. This book is garbage and I would not recommend it to anyone.
Unfortunately, as you can see in the comments section, some people with less of a background on this subject will take this book as fact and feel as though they have been enlightened. It is sad that trash like this can be passed off as history.

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dirtbag1
Jun 06, 2015

With the emphasis on 'secret', we see how the great democracy to the south has and continues to operate behind what the author describes as, 'democracy's masquerade'.
(p.328) I was unaware of how many of the 'great' families in the U.S. made their fortunes peddling opium to the Chinese, FDR's family for one.
This book surprised me in that I was expecting a jingoistic version of events but was instead pleasantly informed by how the author paints a picture of American (and others) foreign policy that explains so much about our world today. Well written and I recommend this to all.

ilokcin Feb 03, 2015

Great to see how ONE American president was able to set the stage for a century of misery for our planet.

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Poppabearm
May 02, 2012

Excellent book that tells a whole lot of American History that the US doesn't like to tell.

Teddy Roosevelt doesn't appear to be the hero he wanted us to believe.

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KennyG
Feb 23, 2012

Everyone should read this. This is history that we should all know then we could better understand why we are fighting the wars we are fighting today.

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stickmonkey
Aug 11, 2010

This book should be required reading.

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21288004246712
Feb 04, 2010

a revisionist 'tell-it-like-it-was' history of US/Asian relations in early 1900, the white-man-burden philosophy had devastating consequences

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