Thursday, December 16, 2010

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Review: The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War

On the success of his two bestselling books about World War II, James Bradley began to wonder what the real catalyst was for the Pacific War. What he discovered shocked him. 

In 1905 President Teddy Roosevelt dispatched Secretary of War William Taft, his daughter Alice, and a gaggle of congressmen on a mission to Japan, the Philippines, China, and Korea with the intent of forging an agreement to divide up Asia. This clandestine pact lit the fuse that would-decades later-result in a number of devastating wars: WWII, the Korean War, and the communist revolution in China.

In 2005, James Bradley retraced that epic voyage and discovered the remarkable truth about America's vast imperial past. Full of fascinating characters brought brilliantly to life, The Imperial Cruise will powerfully revise the way we understand U.S. history.

When I was in school, I thought History class was so boring.  Ever since graduation though, I'm obsessed with learning what happened, how and why.  I really enjoyed reading The Imperial Cruise because it gave me insight to what went on during that period of time.  James is a brilliant writer with an ability to bring history to life.  This would make a great gift for the history buff in your life.  There is a lot of information and is written in a way that draws the reader in.  It's a really great book.

Little, Brown & Company
November 8, 2010
387 pages
$16.99 US

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you make a purchase using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.

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