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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, the Philippines, China, and Korea. There, they would quietly forge a series of agreements that divided up Asia. At the time, Roosevelt was bully-confident about America'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, and 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.

AUDIE AWARD FINALIST: "FLYBOYS, the story of the U.S. air campaign against Japan during WWII, is told in exacting detail by James Bradley.... In this biography, Bradley describes the Japanese military mind and attitude toward foreigners and tells of their actions toward their own soldiers and the men they captured during the war. Bradley reads his work in a matter-of-fact tone, never emphasizing or downplaying the atrocities on either side of the war. The graphic, horrific details of Japanese torture, mutilation, murder, and cannibalism are recited calmly and succinctly by Bradley, as are the detailed results of America's bombing of Japan."--AudioFile Magazine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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  • PDF | 608 pages
  • James Bradley(Author)
  • Little, Brown US (21 Jan. 2010)
  • English
  • 3
  • History

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  • By Arthur Lowe on 4 August 2017

    The other reviews provide a decent critique so I won't add to it. When looking at the current US Gov you wonder what might have happened if the War of Independence had been lost.

  • By Guest on 10 December 2016

    This book is a 'must' for any one interested in American history - and particularly for Americans. I have met James Bradley and his research is impeccable. You cannot always trust the written word - but this is a true record of events that little is known about. Do read it.

  • By Kenneth Molloy on 9 September 2017

    Very interesting easy to read book with a lot of factual information that I am sure most people do not know about USA politics around late 19th early 20th century

  • By Alan C on 30 July 2015

    amazing book

  • By Samuel Romilly on 19 June 2014

    I recently read this book or rather had it read to me as I have the audio CDs. Consequently I do not have the footnotes or bibliography. Nonetheless some of the criticism seems valid and some wide of the mark. Reference to Aryans are anachronistic and if attempt to make out that racist America was akin to Nazi Germany. Reference to Queen Victoria as being the biggest drug-dealer in the world is farcical. Has the author no understanding of what a constitutional monarchy means. Her government (over which she had little or no say) may have been responsible for the Opium Wars, she, poor dear, was not.Style and silly comments aside, however, if even half of what it asserts is true, if even have of the quotations from Roosevelt and his contemporaries are accurate, it is a damning indictment of American moralism and imperialism. Americans deny they have ever been imperialist, but 'manifest destiny' was just a euphemism. First the continent is subdued from east to west, and then the Philippines, Cuba, and Hawaii are ravaged and brought under subjection. The United States at the time seemed riddled with racist white supremacist ideology, concentration camps were deployed before the British did so in the Boer war, and waterboarding and other tortures were resorted to, and all to the sinking sound of self-righteous moralism. In its policy towards the natives of both America and its 'colonies' the US verged on genocide. Far worse to fall into the hands of freedom-loving Americans than into those of the British. Hardly surprising that many blacks fought for the Brits in the War of Independence and fled to Canada - and freedom - thereafter.Indeed the more I know about American History, the stronger the view I have that it was a cataclysmic disaster for the Americans to have won their war of independence. Had they lost and remained within the British Empire, slavery would have been abolished thirty years earlier, no Civil war would have taken place - or if it had it would have been squashed by the combined power of the Northern States and the British, the Indian tribes would have been spared eradication and deportation, and even the great bison herds might still be with us. In addition America along with the rest of the British Empire would have entered both world wars at the beginning instead of half way through and both the Kaiser and Hitler defeated earlier and with less loss of life.Instead this great experiment in democratic government, this empire of freedom, emerged with a gangrenous wound whose poison still infiltrates the Republic's veins; slavery and persistent and pervasive racism.this book shines a light onto an obscure bit of American history but how revelatory it is hard to fathom amidst the repetitive welter of criticism and comment


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