I picked up this book because one of my favorite books is “Flyboys” by James Bradley and I had also liked reading “Flags Of Our Fathers” by the same author. When I saw this book and decided to pick it up to see if I liked it as much. Also it had to do with history so that was a bonus. I had high hopes going into this book since I liked his others and although I was not as drawn into this one as I was his others I liked it. James Bradley has a way of telling facts and packing a lot in without it becoming boring. Well like might be an odd word to use since this book made a lot of things about the United States involvement with Japan and Asia come to light and not in a good way but I enjoyed learning more about our history even if it was not all good. It made you understand a little what made the Japanese get involved in WWII even if it didn’t excuse their heinous acts of violence. Here is the description from goodreads:
In 1905 President Teddy Roosevelt dispatched Secretary of War William Taft, his gun-toting daughter Alice and a gaggle of congressmen on a mission to Japan, the Philippines, China, and Korea. There, they would quietly forge a series of agreements that divided up Asia. At the time, Roosevelt was bully-confident about America’s future on the continent. But these secret pacts lit the fuse that would–decades later–result in a number of devastating wars: WWII, the Korean War, the communist revolution in China. One hundred years later, James Bradley retraces that epic voyage and discovers the remarkable truth about America’s vast imperial past–and its world-shaking consequences. Full of fascinating characters and brilliantly told, The Imperial Cruise will forever reshape the way we understand U.S. history.