The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898 (Google eBook)

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Little, Brown, Apr 27, 2010 - History - 480 pages
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On February 15th, 1898, the American ship USS Maine mysteriously exploded in the Havana Harbor. News of the blast quickly reached U.S. shores, where it was met by some not with alarm but great enthusiasm.

A powerful group of war lovers agitated that the United States exert its muscle across the seas. Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge were influential politicians dismayed by the "closing" of the Western frontier. William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal falsely heralded that Spain's "secret infernal machine" had destroyed the battleship as Hearst himself saw great potential in whipping Americans into a frenzy. The Maine would provide the excuse they'd been waiting for.

On the other side were Roosevelt's former teacher, philosopher William James, and his friend and political ally, Thomas Reed, the powerful Speaker of the House. Both foresaw a disaster. At stake was not only sending troops to Cuba and the Philippines, Spain's sprawling colony on the other side of the world-but the friendships between these men.

Now, bestselling historian Evan Thomas brings us the full story of this monumental turning point in American history. Epic in scope and revelatory in detail, The War Lovers takes us from Boston mansions to the halls of Congress to the beaches of Cuba and the jungles of the Philippines. It is landmark work with an unforgettable cast of characters-and provocative relevance to today.
  

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User Review  - cyderry - LibraryThing

This book delves into the interactions of Teddy Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge vs. William Randolph Hearst and their viewpoints about the American need to go to war against Spain in the late 19th century. Factual but hard to get into. Read full review

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

Biographical portraits of 19th century figures involved in Spanish-American war outbreak; understanding American cultural outlook at the time. Connections to media influence of the modern era. Read full review

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Contents

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Reading Group Guide
Why Men Love War
A CONVERSATION WITH EVAN THOMAS
QUESTIONS AND TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION
Contents
About the Author
ALSO BY EVAN THOMAS
Acclaim for Evan Thomass
Copyright
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Evan Thomas is the author of The "Very Best Men: Four Who Dared: The Early Years of the C.I.A., " a book about the careers of Frank Wisner, Richard Bissell, Tracy Barnes and Desmond FitzGerald; "Robert Kennedy: His Life; The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst and the Rush to Empire, 1989; Sea of Thunder: The Last Great Naval Command, 1941-1945; "and "John Paul Jones. "He is at work on a book about President Dwight Eisenhower.

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