The Imperial Cruise by James Bradley
A Secret History of Empire and War

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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.
 

About James Bradley

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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.
 
Published November 5, 2009 by Little, Brown and Company. 400 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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However, the president made a major intellectual blunder when he decided the Japanese could be considered “Honorary Aryans,” due to “the Japanese eagerness to emulate White Christian ways.” This, coupled with his contempt for the Chinese, Filipino and Hawaiian peoples, inspired him to play nation...

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These are books about men who wanted a war.

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Later generations would call it World War II.” Roosevelt had never foreseen that Ameri­ca’s search for order and opportunity in Asia, set in motion by the seizure of the Philippines, would later lead into a terrible war between the United States and Japan for control of the Pacific.

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He presents this much-ignored aspect of Roosevelt’s thinking with sharp specificity (“I am so angry with that infernal little Cuban republic that I would like to wipe its people off the face of the earth,” Roosevelt wrote in 1906) and then goes on to make a much more damaging point, angrily and p...

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The party included Roosevelt's 21-year-old daughter, Alice, an international celebrity whose presence, Bradley says, deflected attention from Taft's secret assignment.The president, without the knowledge of Congress, had Taft negotiate secret agreements that Bradley says laid the groundwork for J...

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California Literary Review

His ghost writer Mr. Powers must be thanked for keeping him under control in “Flags of our Fathers” One wonders what made him so angry… Bud I have found The Imperial Cruise an interesting book to read in the context of all the books I have read on the many historical subjects Mr. Bradley touche...

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