RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 430522360 LA English T1 The imperial cruise : a secret history of empire and war A1 Bradley, James,, PB Little, Brown and Co. PP New York YR 2009 SN 9780316008952 0316008958 9780316014007 0316014001 AB 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.--From the publisher.