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The War Lovers

Evan Thomas | The War Lovers by Evan Thomas

The War Lovers by Evan Thomas

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The War Lovers

Genre: Nonfiction, Historical Fiction; Author: Evan Thomas; Publisher: Little Brown & Company

What can Theodore Roosevelt teach us about President George W. Bush and the post-9/11 thirst for war? Plenty, says Evan Thomas in The War Lovers, this finely crafted book about the Gilded Age, when America’s desire for empire building fueled the Spanish-American War. The parallels to Iraq are unmistakable: After the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor, Americans were told that Spain’s “secret infernal machine,” or weapons of mass destruction, was responsible. Thomas explains why we as a nation are so hawkish — why ”the eternal pull of war on men,” as he calls it, rules us to this day. A

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Originally posted May 12 2010 — 12:00 AM EDT

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