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The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: James Bradley

Narrated By: Richard Poe

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: November 2009

Duration: 9 hours 0 minutes


In 1905 President Teddy Roosevelt dispatched Secretary of War William Taft, his gun-toting daughter Alice and a gaggle of congressmen on a mission to Japan, the Philippines, China, and Korea. There, they would quietly forge a series of agreements that divided up Asia. At the time, Roosevelt was bully-confident about America's future on the continent. But these secret pacts lit the fuse that would-decades later-result in a number of devastating wars: WWII, the Korean War, the communist revolution in China.
One hundred years later, James Bradley retraces that epic voyage and discovers the remarkable truth about America's vast imperial past-and its world-shaking consequences. Full of fascinating characters and brilliantly told, THE IMPERIAL CRUISE will forever reshape the way we understand U.S. history


  • Jonathon S.

    It was very good as far as information goes. It is a little slow, but still good.

  • MissKate

    Historically interesting, but exceeding slow listening

  • Connie

    This book reveals a side of Teddy Roosevelt that I was unaware of. Very disturbing to hear he was a fierce racist, that he used his own insecurities to promote war, and terrible brutalities on other nations to pursue his own agenda. His cold treatment of his daughter Alice by his first wife, warps her psyche and the choices she makes. Had people knew of his true nature, his secret dealings during his presidency, and the outward facade he created for public consumption, I doubt his face would be on Mt. Rushmore. A must read in my opinion.

  • griffamly

    An interesting book, but somewhat terrifying from the standpoint that it reportedly tells the reader all the inner-thoughts of Teddy Roosevelt and many of his cabinet members. I have always held Teddy as a hero, but it appears from this biography that he was a Machiavellian bad guy - only interested in what can promote him and his agenda.

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