The Imperial Cruise
A Secret History of Empire and War
by James Bradley
read by Richard Poe
Unabridged – 8 cds
Pub. Date 11/24/09
Publisher’s description: In 1905 President Teddy Roosevelt dispatched Secretary of War William Taft, his gun-toting daughter Alice and a gaggle of congressmen on a mission to Japan, thePhilippines, China, and Korea. There, they would quietly forge a series of agreements that divided up Asia. At the time, Roosevelt was bully-confident aboutAmerica’s future on the continent. But these secret pacts lit the fuse that would-decades later-result in a number of devastating wars: WWII, the Korean War, the communist revolution in China.
One hundred years later, James Bradley retraces that epic voyage and discovers the remarkable truth about America’s vast imperial past-and its world-shaking consequences. Full of fascinating characters and brilliantly told, THE IMPERIAL CRUISE will forever reshape the way we understand U.S. history.
When I was young and learning about history in school, there were many things we were taught ‘as fact.’ We memorized these facts and answered multiple choice questions about these facts – as if they were absolute truths.
However, I now understand that there are many different sides and perspectives. History is made up of some facts and a wide variety of opinions and conclusions – not as absolute as I was led to believe as a child.
I found The Imperial Cruise to be very interesting – a detailed look at US History during the last century with the author drawing his own conclusions based on his interpretations of his vast research. I’m not enough of an expert on this time period to understand all of it in context. Wherever you draw the line between fact and opinion, this audio book is very thought provoking. Government actions can and do have huge repercussions.
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