By David Traxel
In 1898: The start of the yankee Century, David Traxel tells the tale of a watershed 12 months, a yr of overseas clash, extravagant experience, and breakneck social swap that solid a brand new America—a surprising empire with many far-flung possessions, a dynamic new participant upon the worldwide stage.
At the guts of this bright, anecdotal background is a masterly account of the Spanish-American battle, the "splendid little war" that garnered the state Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. From the sinking of the Maine in waters off Havana to Teddy Roosevelt's tough riders and the triumph of Admiral Dewey, here's the lightning-swift army episode that reworked the United States right into a international strength. right here too are many tales now not so usually told—the bloody first successes of the hot United Mine staff, the tentative beginnings of the Ford Motor corporation, the million-dollar release of the Uneeda Biscuit—each in its method as vital because the harbinger of the yank century. Compulsively readable, often funny, totally interesting in its each element, 1898 is well known heritage at its best.
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1898: The Birth of the American Century by David Traxel