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

Author(s): Evan Thomas


On February 15, 1898, the USS Maine exploded in Havana Harbor. The sinking of the Maine was just the provocation Assistant Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt was looking for. Along with his friend Senator Henry Cabot Lodge and his rival, newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst, Roosevelt began stirring the public's desire for war against Spain. Roosevelt was soon charging up San Juan Hill in Cuba with his Rough Riders in a tragi-comic campaign that marked America's emergence as an empire abroad. Through the perspective of five larger-than-life characters--war lovers Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and two prominent doves, House Speaker Thomas Reed and philosopher William James--Evan Thomas portrays a pivotal chapter in American history. An intriguing examination of the pull that war has on men, THE WAR LOVERS is moving saga of courage, ambition, and broken friendships with a provocative relevance to today.

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PRAISE FOR THE WAR LOVERS "In his absorbing narrative of men who found duty or fulfillment or personal meaning in a war for empire and of other men, like William James, who feared that such a quest would rot the nation's soul Thomas has illuminated, in a compulsively readable style, a critical moment in American history. This is a book that, with its style and panache, is hard to forget and hard to put down."-- New York Times Book Review "Ronald Steel "

Evan Thomas was a writer and editor at Time and Newsweek for more than 30 years. He has frequently appeared as a commentator on TV and radio and teaches writing at Princeton. He is the bestselling author of six works of nonfiction: Sea of Thunder, John Paul Jones, Robert Kennedy, The Very Best Men, The Man to See, and The Wise Men. He lives in Washington D.C.

General Fields

  • : 9780316004121
  • : Little, Brown
  • : Grand Central Publishing
  • : 0.431
  • : June 2011
  • : 216mm X 135mm X 36mm
  • : United States
  • : August 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Evan Thomas
  • : Paperback
  • : en
  • : 973.891
  • : 496
  • : 16pp of b&w illus