LECTURES: JAMES BRADLEY
Mason Lecture Series
Monday, December 7, 2009
The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War
by James Bradley
In 1905, President Teddy Roosevelt 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 21-year-old daughter Alice served as mistress of the cruise, which included senators and congressmen. On this trip, Taft concluded secret agreements in Roosevelt's name.
Exactly 100 years later — in the summer of 2005 — James Bradley, author of the New York Times bestsellers Flags of Our Fathers and Flyboys, traveled in the wake of Roosevelt's mission and found surprising hidden history in Honolulu, Tokyo, Manila, Beijing and Seoul.
In 1905, Roosevelt was bully-confident and made secret agreements that he thought would secure America's westward push into the Pacific. Instead, he lit the long fuse on the Asian firecrackers that would singe America's hands for a century.