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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Bradley’s ‘Imperial Cruise’

Last Sunday's read, a bit disjointed, sometimes repetitive, sometimes poorly edited (Denver being "west" of San Francisco.
That said, interesting insights.

Books of The Times - James Bradley’s ‘Imperial Cruise’ - Queasy Side of Roosevelt’s Diplomacy - Review - NYTimes.com:

"Mr. Bradley, the author of “Flags of Our Fathers,” does not simply cite Roosevelt’s egregious talk. 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 persuasively connecting Roosevelt’s race-based foreign policy miscalculations in Asia. His thesis in “The Imperial Cruise” is startling enough to reshape conventional wisdom about Roosevelt’s presidency."

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