The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898 by Evan Thomas
Here’s the blurb:
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.
I’ve got three copies of this unabridged audiobook to giveaway, thanks to the Hachette Book Group. To enter, just leave me a comment below by May 27. Three random winners will be chosen on May 28. This one’s open to the US and Canada, no PO Boxes.
Sounds interesting – I love books about history!
Please enter me in your great giveaway!
My husband is an absolute history buff and would really love this.
Sounds good! Please enter me.
No need to enter me, babe. I’m dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I’ve got this posted at Win a Book for you.
I would love to win this! Please enter me!
nbmars AT yahoo DOT com
Please enter me…I’m an audiobook and history fanatic.
i’m interested…thanks for the chance to listen to this book 🙂
I LOVE unabrdiged audio books! Please enter me.
stacybooks at yahoo
I would love to be entered, thanks. 🙂
Please consider me for this lovely treat and thanks for the giveaway! Pick me, pick me!
Sounds like a very interesting story.
Would love to win this. Historical audios interest me.
rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com
As Teddy would say, Bully! I would love to win a copy.
This sounds interesting. Count me in, please! :0)
please enter me
I found your review to be intriguing and one that I think I would take pleasure in reading. Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway.
A fascinating time in history! Please count me in. Thank you!
nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com
Please count me in.
This sounds fascinating. I love reading about stuff like this. Thanks!
Looks really interesting, I know it will be a great read.
this sounds like a fantastic read
I would love to win this! Thanks so much!
Sounds very interesting. Enter me please.
Please enter me.