The Imperial Cruise by James Bradley Audio Book

The Imperial Cruise Audio Book by James Bradley

The Imperial Cruise
A Secret History of Empire and War

by James Bradley
read by Richard Poe
isbn 9781600243950
Unabridged – 8 cds
Pub. Date 11/24/09

Publisher’s description: 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, thePhilippines, China, and Korea. There, they would quietly forge a series of agreements that divided up Asia. At the time, Roosevelt was bully-confident aboutAmerica’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.

When I was young and learning about history in school, there were many things we were taught ‘as fact.’ We memorized these facts and answered multiple choice questions about these facts – as if they were absolute truths.

However, I now understand that there are many different sides and perspectives. History is made up of some facts and a wide variety of opinions and conclusions – not as absolute as I was led to believe as a child.

I found The Imperial Cruise to be very interesting – a detailed look at US History during the last century with the author drawing his own conclusions based on his interpretations of his vast research. I’m not enough of an expert on this time period to understand all of it in context. Wherever you draw the line between fact and opinion, this audio book is very thought provoking. Government actions can and do have huge repercussions.

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Giveaway ends on January 12, 2010 at 8pm Pacific Time. Giveaway is open for US & Canadian mailing addresses only. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to notification with shipping info – if no response, another winner will be chosen . Subject to the official rules. No purchase necessary – void where prohibited by law. Disclaimer/Disclosure: Review product was provided to me.

233 comments for “The Imperial Cruise by James Bradley Audio Book

  1. Kathy Vallee
    January 11, 2010 at 11:00 am

    I have never had anyone read to me that I can recall this is just the kind of book I would love to read

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  3. kathy pease
    January 11, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    this seems really interesting i think there is alot that goes on that our government doesnt let us know..just like the conpriracy theories after 911 hey i think anything is possible

  4. kathy pease
    January 11, 2010 at 1:55 pm

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  7. Stephanie Hrouda
    January 11, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    i enjoy a good history book from time to time so i think i would really enjoy this

  8. Christal
    January 11, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    this seems like a really interesting read

  9. Jodi
    January 11, 2010 at 5:06 pm
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    January 11, 2010 at 5:16 pm

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  11. Cheryl Bradley
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  17. George Ferris
    January 12, 2010 at 7:26 am

    I think this will open our eyes to a lot of things we did not know.
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  18. Gianna
    January 12, 2010 at 9:51 am

    This would be great for my husband to listen to on his long commutes.. sounds interesting :)

  19. Kathy Vallee
    January 12, 2010 at 10:26 am

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  22. Buddy Garrett
    January 12, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    The audio book sounds great. It is always interesting to learn the real story about events in history.

  23. Jodi
    January 12, 2010 at 5:39 pm
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    January 12, 2010 at 7:36 pm
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    January 12, 2010 at 7:37 pm
  26. Lily Kwan
    January 12, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I learned that James Bradley also wrote Flyboys: A True Story of Courage.

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  29. deb
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    January 12, 2010 at 11:00 pm


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