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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (350 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Evan Thomas Narrator: Richard Davidson, Richard M. Davidson Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9781607882053
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On February 15, 1898, the USS Maine exploded in the Havana Harbor. Although there was no evidence that the Spanish were responsible, yellow newspapers such as William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal whipped Americans into frenzy by claiming that Spain's "secret infernal machine" had destroyed the battleship. Soon after, the blandly handsome and easily influenced President McKinley declared war, sending troops not only to Cuba but also to the Philippines, Spain's sprawling colony on the other side of the world.

As Evan Thomas reveals in his rip-roaring history of those times, the hunger for war had begun years earlier. Depressed by the "closing" of the Western frontier and embracing theories of social Darwinism, a group of warmongers that included a young Teddy Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge agitated loudly and incessantly that the United States exert its influence across the seas. These hawks would transform American foreign policy and, when Teddy ascended to the presidency, commence with a devastating war without reason, concocted within the White House--a bloody conflict that would come at tremendous cost.

Thrillingly written and brilliantly researched, THE WAR LOVERS is the story of six men at the center of a transforming event in U.S. history: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, McKinley, William James, and Thomas Reed, and confirms once more than Evan Thomas is a popular historian of the first rank.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a book that, with its style and panache, is hard to forget and hard to put down.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • This timely book is a cautionary tale about how the psyche of powerful and ambitious leaders may matter more than fact-or even truth-when the question of war arises.”

    The Washington Post

  • “Thomas takes some risks in his biography of Theodore Roosevelt and his cohorts, trying to get not just inside their actions, but inside their heads. The result is an intriguing examination of the pull that war has on men.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “No biographer at work today has a surer feel for the human dimension of history than Evan Thomas…The War Lovers is as good as popular history gets.”

    Jon Meacham, author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House  

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shane Gower | 1/15/2014

    " Perfect background for Teddy Roosevelt and William Randolph Hearst. I love this time period and how America changed. It's fascinating for a history guy like me, not sure it has appeal otherwise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Posy Mendoza | 1/14/2014

    " Thomas does his research and gives us an interesting perspective on TR ...bit of an ass up to and through the war. As president he mellows some. Good history read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darryl Mexic | 12/30/2013

    " This is a non fiction book exploring the character of American jingoism in general and the titled characters, specifically, during the run up to and during the Spanish American war of 1898. Teddy Roosevelt and his best friend Henry Cabot Lodge, were Brahmins of Boston and believed strongly in social Darwinism, which was popular among the upper classes of that time. Basically, they believed that the most fit species of humanity, that being the English speaking Anglo-Saxons, were meant to lead and rule the lesser part of humanity, and in line with that they were purveyors of American exceptionalism, a belief that America is special among nations. Both also were believers in war in general as a molder of men and a brake on effetism. There was no good reason for America to go to war with Spain over Cuba, but Roosevelt, Lodge and William Randolph Hearst, along with others in power, pushed for it and they succeeded. It is a very interesting history and has parallels today, although there are always parallels to most history, especially when it comes to man’s desire for war and it’s misperceived glories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victor | 12/30/2013

    " Well written and interesting. But Thomas seems overly influenced by modern leftist attitudes and clearly doesn't like Roosevelt or Lodge. He seems not to understand them and glosses over letters or actions that put their more aggressive quotes in context. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 12/28/2013

    " How do you go about justifying war? With a lot of talk about national pride, some misinformation, and the need to democratize primitive societies. This sounds a little like the rationale for the Iraq War (Part 2). But I'm speaking of the Spanish-American War of 1898, over a century before. Back then, however, there was more emphasis on Anglo-Saxon superiority as well as an exceptionally charismatic leader in the war effort, Teddy Roosevelt. The Civil War was no longer fresh in the people's minds and Roosevelt and Senator Henry Cabot Lodge were hungry for U.S. expansionism. Meanwhile, a muckraking newspaper editor named William Randolph Hearst looked to profit from war fever. Author Evan Thomas profiles these complex characters and also examines the struggles of two anti-war advocates, House Speaker Thomas Brackett Reed and professor William James (brother of Henry). It's a great examination of how people are bullied into believing aggression is necessary for national gain. At least now, we have better press coverage and hopefully we're less bigoted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/21/2013

    " Excellent look at post civil war warriors. The thinking behind the beginnings of American Imperialism "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 10/14/2013

    " Dad loved this one - it seemed very readable and the font was nice a big. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 6/20/2013

    " Author seemed pretty hard on Theodore Roosevelt, which was an interesting take on his personality and actions prior to the Spanish-American War. Really enjoyed this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 4/15/2013

    " Not my favorite book on Teddy.This guy had to have a war though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nate Richardson | 7/8/2012

    " A very readable history of the dawn of American Imperialism. Learned a lot about the main characters and the country at this time. Shocked by Teddy's attitude. Loved that Canton and Ohio in general were very important places at this time in American history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beau Smith | 2/2/2012

    " Great history of T.R. and his buddies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philip | 8/31/2011

    " Very good book. A lot of good information. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 8/5/2011

    " Started out interesting, but became too dry for my taste. It's rather long, and I lost interest; did not finish this one. I may pick it back up another time, though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirk | 6/15/2011

    " I enjoyed this book, another great recommendation from Beth. I gained a new appreciation (or lack thereof) for T. Roosevelt. And you thought Barry Goldwater was a hawk! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Lee | 3/24/2011

    " Listened to on tape. Excellent. Book was obviously well researched. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jose | 12/13/2010

    " Excellent audio book! Roosevelt and Lodge love war, so did Nixon and Kissinger. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 7/28/2010

    " Great Read. The ride up San Jaun Hill, was more sanguinary and dangerous than I thought. Amazing that Roosevelt was'nt shot out of the saddle. "

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About the Author
Author Evan Thomas

Evan Thomas is the author of several bestselling works of history and biography, including The War Lovers and Sea of Thunder. He was a writer and editor at Time and Newsweek for more than 30 years, and he is frequently a commentator on television and radio. He teaches at Princeton University and lives in Washington, DC. 

About the Narrators

Richard Davidson has narrated over 200 books and recently received the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Audiobook Nonfiction.

Richard M. Davidson is an actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, he is well versed in theater and has had a long-standing career in acting, including a lead role in the show Diamonds, which aired on the CBS network, and a part in ESPN’s The Hustle.