The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898
The War Lovers Roosevelt Lodge Hearst and the Rush to Empire 1898 Author:Evan Thomas On February 15, 1898, the USS Maine exploded in the Havana Harbor. Although there was no evidence that the Spanish were responsible, newspapers such as Hearst's New York Journal whipped up a frenzy, claiming that Spain had destroyed the ship. Soon after, the easily influenced President McKinley declared war, sending troops to both Cuba and t... more »he Philippines.
In this rip-roaring history Thomas reveals that the hunger for war had begun years earlier. Depressed by the 'closing' of the Western frontier and embracing theories of social Darwinism, a group of warmongers, including a young Teddy Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge, agitated incessantly that the U.S. exert its influence across the seas. U.S. foreign policy was transformed. Thrillingly written and brilliantly researched,
The War Lovers is the story of six men at the center of history: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, McKinley, William James and Thomas Reed, and confirms once more than Evan Thomas is a popular historian of the first rank.« less