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Thursday, November 11, 2010

History Corner/ Giveaway: Imperial Cruise by James Bradley

*** this giveaway is closed ****\


Back in January, Hubby told you about an excellent book from James Bradley, The Imperial Cruise.

This week the book, comes out in paperback, and our blog has been offered THREE copies to giveaway to our readers! WOO HOO! I know we have some history buffs out there, or readers who have them in their families (Christmas in less then 50 days away)! AND as today is Veteran's Day, I thought what better day to host this giveaway!

To review:
Book Synopsis: In 1905 President Teddy Roosevelt (TR) dispatched Secretary of War William Howard Taft on the largest U.S. diplomatic mission in history to Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, China, and Korea. Roosevelt's glamorous twenty-one year old daughter Alice served as mistress of the cruise, which included senators and congressmen. Each port of call prompts a case study of American misdeeds: the brutal counterinsurgency in the Philippines; the takeover of Hawaii by American sugar barons; TR's betrayal of promises to protect Korea (which the author believes green-lighted Japanese expansionism and thus makes TR responsible for Pearl Harbor). On this trip, Taft concluded secret agreements in Roosevelt's name. In 2005, a century later, James Bradley traveled in the wake of TR's mission and discovered what had transpired in Honolulu, Tokyo, Manila, Beijing and Seoul, that would help secure America's westward push into the Pacific.

Hubby said: " It will either be a love or hate book for most readers, people who love Teddy Roosevelt and his cowboy persona might not be too enthused with it, or the decidedly racist views the president is portrayed as having, but if you take a deep breath and look at the history reviewed you may enjoy this reading along with a grain of salt. I would give it 3 or 4 stars out of 5, as some of the negatives about the US may be slanted, by the author's personal feelings. 

Want to win your own copy?

The Giveaway
THREE Winners will win each win their own paperback copy of The Imperial Cruise !!


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Contest will end on November 22nd at midnight. Winner will be picked by Random Number (random.org) on November 23rd and emailed. As soon as winner's info is received, I will email their info to the publisher, to send out their books.

Disclosure: We received this offer of the books for giveaway, free of charge from Hachette Publishing, for blog giveaway purposes. We were NOT told how to review the book however. No other compensation, monetary or other, was offered.

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