The True Flag

The True Flag

Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire

eBook - 2017
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Recalls the forgotten political debate at the beginning of the twentieth century over America's role in the world, with the country's political and intellectual leaders advocating either imperial expansion or restraint.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781627792172
Characteristics: 1 online resource (306 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, portraits

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Aug 09, 2020

This book is a must read for anyone trying to understand US foreign policy, as it examines the thought processes of the major players who tilted the scales in favor of world dominance over world peacekeeping. It is simply stunning, especially in today's environment in which racism is still a major issue, to read the racist views of major US politicians in the late 1890's. It seems, when the US came to the crossroads, it chose to take the path that has led us, not to become true world leaders, but false peacekeepers. US hubris has failed to create a truly better world.

Apr 10, 2020

Christendom is "a majestic matron in flowing robes drenched with blood."
Very insightful and (sadly) very relevant book about the dawn of the American empire, which was kicked off by the Spanish-American War and our possession of Cuba, the Philippines, Guam, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii (which was unrelated to the war). Kinzer concentrates on the larger than life figures involved in the debate over America's character and its future, including Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, William Randolph Hearst, William Jennings Bryan, and Henry Cabot Lodge. For more on the topic, I'd suggest "The Imperial Cruise," Sarah Vowell's "Unusual Fishes," and "The War Lovers."

Feb 05, 2019

Best history book I have read in the last 10 years! I highly recommend it. Readers owe it to their education to buy this book and keep it permanently in their library. We either face history, accept and learn from it or we ignore it. Do not ignore the message in this book. It will stay with you for a long time.

Jul 15, 2018

talks to how Teddy R. was an extreme colonist. A theory at the time is our continental land has now been established, we need to gain territory beyond the continent to have a market for goods.

Also, spoke to his presidential move to save lands for national parks.


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