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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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About the Narrator

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