December 7th in History

The book “The Imperial Cruise” points out that the history of our relations with Japan dates back to 1905 and the adventurism of Teddy Roosevelt

Click Here to Read: Excerpt from ‘The Imperial Cruise’ by James Bradley in The New York Times on November 18, 2009.

Click Here to Read:  The Queasy Side of Theodore
Roosevelt’s Diplomatic Voyage by Janet Maslin in The New York Times on November 18, 2009.

“The truth will not be found in our history books, our monuments or movies, or our postage stamps. Here was the match that lit the fuse, and yet for decades we paid attention only to the dynamite. What really happened in 1905? Exactly one hundred years later, I set off to follow the churned historical wake in Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, China, and Korea. Here is what I found. Here is The Imperial Cruise.”

I read this book several months ago and was very affected by reading about Teddy Roosevelt’s racist miscalculations that started a train of events that led to Pearl Harbor.

arnold richards

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