The Imperial Cruise, Audiobook

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By James Bradley

In the summer of 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt dispatched the largest diplomatic mission in American history. Led by Secretary of War (and future president) William Howard Taft, the group traveled thousands of miles across the Pacific, docking in Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, China, and Korea. Along for the ride was Teddy's daughter Alice, a media darling known for her wild behavior. She was not there by accident: her father knew that Alice would be an effective distraction for the reporters covering the journey. And Roosevelt had very good reason to keep his true motives concealed.

During this trip, Taft, on Roosevelt's behalf, would negotiate a series of secret — and wholly unconstitutional — agreements that would lay the groundwork for America's Pacific engagement. These invisible treaties — brokered with the sliver of Asians that Roosevelt deemed "civilized" by virtue of their adoption of Western ways — would lead to World War II in the Pacific, the triumph of communism in China, the Korean War, and, within decades, tens of millions dead. The full details and implications of Roosevelt's illicit pacts would remain largely unknown until his own death, and then be effectively erased from the textbooks.

A century later, James Bradley traveled in the wake of Roosevelt's imperial cruise, finally rediscovering what had actually transpired in Honolulu, Tokyo, Manila, Beijing, and Seoul. What he found will forever change the way you think about American history and the origins of war and empire in Asia.

Includes 8 CDs. Unabridged. Read by Richard Poe with an introduction and closing read by the author. Featuring a special conversation with the author and a bonus PDF of historical photographs. PC and Mac compatible. Total playing time: Approximately 9 hours.

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