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Discussion with Best-selling author, James Bradley

The Imperial Cruise by 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.


Event Details

Thu 11 Nov 2010
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Junior League of Houston, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane Houston

$10 members, $15 nonmembers. No refunds or cancellations.