- Category: HISTORY
- Format: TRADE PAPERBACK
- Publish Date: 11/8/2010
- Price: $16.99/$18.99
- ISBN: 9780316014007
- Pages: 400
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.
My Take: I'm already a James Bradley fan since reading Flags of Our Fathers. Bradley provides copious citation and references that give a prequel to WWII. That said, I will admit I couldn't finish the book. It was a painful experience.
Preface: Shocking as it is, I have a day job. Glamorous as
I don't question the truth of the book, necessarily, but I am stunned and ashamed. During McKinley's presidency, and at the great urging of Teddy Roosevelt (not FDR, but his uncle), the military attacked the Philippines. It was brutal. Remember those concentration camps we condemn the Germans for having? Never mind Manzanar which was, at least, not a death camp. Our military was worse than the Nazis. Concentration camps and executions are only the partial story.
Then there was Cuba and Hawaii. The politics are embarrassing and the American people at the time both pious and stupid. If Bradley's sources are correct, all the bloodshed was done in the name of spreading Christianity and furthering the Aryan dominance.
If you are Teddy Roosevelt fan, don't read this book. If you are a history buff, read this book. If you are pious and a proud Aryan, it will hurt. If you are a brave and curious soul, read it. If you reside in the U.S. or Canada, don't have a P.O. box and you still want to read it, fill out the form below.
I suggest you read it.
Ends November 28th