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  • The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Evan Thomas
    • Narrated By Richard Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    On February 15, 1898, the USS Maine exploded in 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.

    Paul C. White says: "A Rather Poor History"
    "Ooh, but the accents..."
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    Would you listen to The War Lovers again? Why?

    Yes.


    What other book might you compare The War Lovers to and why?

    McCulloch, Mornings on Horseback; any good biography of Hearst.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Good overall reading, but the attempt at a New England accent (chiefly for Tom Reed) yielded a travesty. I grew up there; I can't speak it any more now, but I sure know it when I hear it and this wasn't even close. For a sense of a real New England accent, listen to Marilyn Roach discuss the Salem witch trials, here: http://goo.gl/HJEJTD


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

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