The War Lovers

The War Lovers

Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898

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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. TheMaine 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.

Baker & Taylor
Chronicles America's ferocious drive toward empire during the Spanish-American War and the Gilded Age, a drive that was led by Teddy Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, and William Randolph Hearst.

Book News
Journalist Thomas revisits the 1898 Spanish-American War through the perspectives of Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge and William Randolph Hearst, as proponents and instigators of the war. He contrasts them with their contemporaries, William James and Thomas Brackett Reed, Speaker of the House. In lively style, Thomas recreates these dynamic personalities, drawing on letters, memoirs and archival documents. Thomas sees the Civil War as instrumental in shaping the attitudes of the men. He also feels that their eagerness for war with Spain over Cuba and the Philippines was accepted by the American people out of a need to see itself as a unified nation again. This was exacerbated by economic and social uncertainties. There are many parallels to the recent invasion of Iraq but this is more a story of a mindset in which only conquest can define masculinity. Thomas sheds light on a period in our history generally ignored or trivialized but which was essential in creating the nation we are today. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Hachette Book Group
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.

Baker
& Taylor

From the bestselling author of "Sea of Thunder" comes a riveting narrative about America's ferocious drive towards empire during the Gilded Age, and the uncanny resemblance of the Spanish-American War to the Iraq War of today.
A riveting narrative chronicles America's ferocious drive toward empire during the Spanish-American War and the Gilded Age, a drive that was led by Teddy Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge and William Randolph Hearst.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316004091
Branch Call Number: 973.891 THO
Characteristics: viii, 471 p. :,ill., maps, ports. ;,25 cm.

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SeattleSaul
Sep 28, 2017

The book covers most the late 1890s and how we got into a war with Spain over its possessions of Cuba and the Philippines. It would not surprise us today in the early 21st century with advocacy television “news” that a drum beat for war could be sounded loudly and repeatedly. Just as now we tend to believe certain television sources, people then trusted their newspapers, some of which printed outright lies. Also, many politicians thought that we needed a war to stiffen our characters, especially since we hadn’t had one since the Civil War.
Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, and William James were central characters that the book gives us insights into regarding having war. We also get a good look at the thoughts of William Randolph Hearst, the newspaper man and his Journal newspaper. We can see today how some of the unclear thinking of the past still persist today, including inaccurate reporting and advocacy for a cause.
I thought the book was extremely well-written and researched, but wished it had related more directly the lessons from the past to more contemporary conflicts. Perhaps the reader should see the parallels easily.

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tirjan
Mar 14, 2016

A lot of what I didn't know about the Spanish American War and the beginning of US imperialism. The book provides and interesting interplay between Henry Cabot Lodge (grandfather of the Henry Cabot Lodge of Cold War fame), William Randolph Hearst and Teddy Roosevelt. Not flattering. Trumped up case to invade Cuba and the Philippines but Hearst and Roosevelt. Insight into the mindset that resulted in the invasion of Iraq by Cheney and Wolfowitz. Jingoism lives - except it sort of succeeded then and it definitely failed with Cheney, Rumsfeld and W. - but that's not really what is in this interesting revelation.

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lukasevansherman
Aug 08, 2014

"Remember the Maine!" If you know that phrase, but are unsure of what it means, this is a absorbing, insightful, and resonant book about the events leading up to the Spanish-American War in Cuba and what it meant for America in the 20th century. Roosevelt, who became president after McKinley was assassinated, newspaper magnate Hearst (the model for "Citizen Kane"), and Senator Henry Cabot Lodge are the larger than life figures who wanted war and weren't too scrupulous about how they got it. There are eerie parables between our entry into Cuba and our entry into Iraq: an ill-informed public, media hype, an overstated threat, and instinctive patriotism. Full of compelling characters, including philosopher William James, and lessons for contemporary Americans, this is an invaluable book about a neglected subject. It is really this period that sowed the seeds of American imperialism and empire. Also see "The Imperial Cruise."

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