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The War Lovers - Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898-logo

The War Lovers - Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898

Evan Thomas

On February 15, 1898, the USS Maine exploded in the Havana Harbor. Although there was no evidence that the Spanish were responsible, yellow newspapers such as William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal whipped Americans into frenzy by claiming that Spain's "secret infernal machine" had destroyed the battleship. Soon after, the blandly handsome and easily influenced President McKinley declared war, sending troops not only to Cuba but also to the Philippines, Spain's sprawling colony on the other side of the world. As Evan Thomas reveals in his rip-roaring history of those times, 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 that included a young Teddy Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge agitated loudly and incessantly that the United States exert its influence across the seas. These hawks would transform American foreign policy and, when Teddy ascended to the presidency, commence with a devastating war without reason, concocted within the White House--a bloody conflict that would come at tremendous cost. Thrillingly written and brilliantly researched, THE WAR LOVERS is the story of six men at the center of a transforming event in U.S. 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.

On February 15, 1898, the USS Maine exploded in the Havana Harbor. Although there was no evidence that the Spanish were responsible, yellow newspapers such as William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal whipped Americans into frenzy by claiming that Spain's "secret infernal machine" had destroyed the battleship. Soon after, the blandly handsome and easily influenced President McKinley declared war, sending troops not only to Cuba but also to the Philippines, Spain's sprawling colony on the other side of the world. As Evan Thomas reveals in his rip-roaring history of those times, 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 that included a young Teddy Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge agitated loudly and incessantly that the United States exert its influence across the seas. These hawks would transform American foreign policy and, when Teddy ascended to the presidency, commence with a devastating war without reason, concocted within the White House--a bloody conflict that would come at tremendous cost. Thrillingly written and brilliantly researched, THE WAR LOVERS is the story of six men at the center of a transforming event in U.S. 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.
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History

Description:

On February 15, 1898, the USS Maine exploded in the Havana Harbor. Although there was no evidence that the Spanish were responsible, yellow newspapers such as William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal whipped Americans into frenzy by claiming that Spain's "secret infernal machine" had destroyed the battleship. Soon after, the blandly handsome and easily influenced President McKinley declared war, sending troops not only to Cuba but also to the Philippines, Spain's sprawling colony on the other side of the world. As Evan Thomas reveals in his rip-roaring history of those times, 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 that included a young Teddy Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge agitated loudly and incessantly that the United States exert its influence across the seas. These hawks would transform American foreign policy and, when Teddy ascended to the presidency, commence with a devastating war without reason, concocted within the White House--a bloody conflict that would come at tremendous cost. Thrillingly written and brilliantly researched, THE WAR LOVERS is the story of six men at the center of a transforming event in U.S. 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Richard Davidson

Length:

14h 3m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

06:40


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:00


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:20


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:43


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:59


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:10


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:14


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:44


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:48


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:09


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:04


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:55


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:07


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:28


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:47


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:03


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:42


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:50


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:32


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:12


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:41


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:49


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:02


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:27


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:41


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:37


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:39


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:53


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:23


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:04


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:00


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:11


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:30


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:41


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:09


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:23


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:31


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:07


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:46


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:38


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:43


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:55


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:16


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:46


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:06


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:14


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:25


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:14


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:34


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:58


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:57


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:55


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:12


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:39


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:35


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:51


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:24


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:04


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:21


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:44


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:39


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:45


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:17


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:47


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:50


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:40


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:07


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:52


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:59


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:01


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:29


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:21


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:48


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:06


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:10


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:20


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:40


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:16


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:29


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:53


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:12


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:07


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:52


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:51


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:49


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:35


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:20


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:01


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:49


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:01


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:20


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:39


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:50


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:16


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:24


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:00


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:10


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:08


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:34


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:55


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:45


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:06


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:06


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:49


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:31


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:27


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:22


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:25


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:10


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:32


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:09


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:23


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:37


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:13


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:22


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:52


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:06


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

07:02


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:09


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

06:29


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

07:02


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:30


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

07:25


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:25


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:39


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:45


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:19


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

06:19


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:48


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:54


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

06:22


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

06:38


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

06:51


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

06:59


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:56


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:22


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

07:24


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

00:01