Discussion with Best-selling author, James Bradley
From best-selling author James Bradley (Flags of Our Fathers, Flyboys) comes this eye-opening study that promises to rewrite the history of early 20th century diplomacy.
Published last year and just released in paperback, The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War tells the story of a US delegation sent to Asia by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1905. According to the author, that cruise set in motion events that led 36 years later to Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.
Bradley contends that Roosevelt and his Secretary of War, William Howard Taft, negotiated secret agreements with Japan. Believing that Japan was "the only nation in Asia that understands the principles and methods of Western civilization," Roosevelt decided that it should be the "natural leader" of Asians, effectively greenlighting Japanese expansionism.
Bradley's discussion of his controversial thesis promises to make for a lively, thought-provoking evening. A book sale and signing will follow.