The War Lovers

Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898

By Evan Thomas
(Back Bay Books, Paperback, 9780316004121, 470pp.)

Publication Date: May 2011

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Description
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.



About the Author
Evan Thomas is the author of The "Very Best Men: Four Who Dared: The Early Years of the C.I.A., " a book about the careers of Frank Wisner, Richard Bissell, Tracy Barnes and Desmond FitzGerald; "Robert Kennedy: His Life; The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst and the Rush to Empire, 1989; Sea of Thunder: The Last Great Naval Command, 1941-1945; "and "John Paul Jones. "He is at work on a book about President Dwight Eisenhower.
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