On February 15, 1898, the USS Maine exploded in Havana Harbor. The sinking of the Maine was just the provocation Assistant Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt was looking for. Along with his friend Senator Henry Cabot Lodge and his rival, newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst, Roosevelt began stirring the public's desire for war against Spain. Roosevelt was soon charging up San Juan Hill in Cuba with his Rough Riders in a tragi-comic campaign that marked America's emergence as an empire abroad. Through the perspective of five larger-than-life characters--war lovers Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and two prominent doves, House Speaker Thomas Reed and philosopher William James--Evan Thomas portrays a pivotal chapter in American history.
An intriguing examination of the pull that war has on men, THE WAR LOVERS is moving saga of courage, ambition, and broken friendships with a provocative relevance to today.
Famed Newsweek reporter Evan Thomas provides a comprehensive and full-blooded account of a key chapter in America's rise to empire--its entry into the Spanish-American War following a mysterious explosion aboard the American battleship the Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898. Evans explores the ambitions of a group of energetic and influential figures, including Teddy Roosevelt and Henry Lodge Cabot Lodge, who saw an opportunity to whip up national frenzy following the explosion. They were motivated, says Evans, by the closing of the American frontier and the desire to continue expansion into the international stage, beginning with the seas. They were opposed by a group that included the Speaker of the House, Thomas Reed, and the American philosopher, Henry James. Evans unravels the major players and key ideas in a debate that has had repercussions throughout the rest of American history.
- United States / 19th Century, Military / United States
- May 16, 2011
- May 16, 2011
- Evan Thomas