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First Great Triumph How Five Americans Made Their Country a World Power

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ISBN-10: 0374528934

ISBN-13: 9780374528935

Edition: 2002

Authors: Warren Zimmermann

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"We were sure that we would win, that we should score the first great triumph in a mighty world-movement."--Theodore Roosevelt, 1904 Americans like to think they have no imperial past. In fact, the United States became an imperial nation within five short years a century ago (1898-1903), exploding onto the international scene with the conquest of Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, and (indirectly) Panama. How did the nation become a player in world politics so suddenly-and what inspired the move toward imperialism in the first place? The renowned diplomat and writer Warren Zimmermann seeks answers in the lives and relationships of five remarkable figures: the hyper-energetic Theodore Roosevelt, the ascetic naval strategist Alfred T. Mahan, the bigoted and wily Henry Cabot Lodge, the self-doubting moderate Secretary of State John Hay, and the hard-edged corporate lawyer turned colonial administrator Elihu Root. Faced with difficult choices, these extraordinary men, all close friends, instituted new political and diplomatic policies with intermittent audacity, arrogance, generosity, paternalism, and vision. Zimmermann's discerning account of these five men also examines the ways they exploited the readiness of the American people to support a surge of expansion overseas. He makes it clear why no discussion of America's international responsibilities today can be complete without understanding how the United States claimed its global powers a century ago.
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 1/15/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Rising Empire
The Music Makers
The Expansionist Impulse
The Favor of Fortune
A Pen-and-Ink Sailor
A Lawyer's Duty
Dauntless Intolerance
So Brilliant and Aggressive a Man
Imperial America
Island Fortress, Cuban Blood
The Supreme Triumphs of War
Jingoes and Goo-goos
The White Man's Burdens
The Imperial Presidency
America's Century
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index