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A Leap to Arms: The Cuban Campaign of 1898

A Leap to Arms: The Cuban Campaign of 1898

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For purposes of "perspective,""nostalgia," and the Great Battles of History series, free-lance writer Dierks recreates that ""splendid little war"" in the Caribbean so exuberantly welcomed by a strapping young America awakening to her expansionist role. Dierks straddles the ideological fence--"Humanitarian and imperialist designs both played their part, contributing in a joint way that only the beliefs of a confident century could have fostered"--relying on the picturesque to supersede the analytical. Essentially he appreciates the Spanish-American War as a historical Happening--not solely the sinister product of Admiral Mahan's Sea Power agitation, capitalist-imperialist conniving, or naked manifest destiny drives, but a direct manifestation, almost healthy in its inevitability, of the American late Victorian Zeitgeist. "National popular attitudes--fostered and given voice in the press and representation on the highest levels in Washington--were the real moving force." In energetic fashion, Dierks depicts the onset of war fever, the Maine precipitants of armed conflict, and the bungling execution of our military-naval operations, exceeded in ineptness only by the Spanish mismoves. Army-Navy wrangling, animosity between an admiral and a commodore, and the unpopularity of a commanding general are features of the campaign rendered more prominently here than Rough Riding heroics. The pre- and postwar analyses are lean but adequate for amateur appetites. Taken on its own terms, it's unapologetic war fare. Kirkus Reviews

  • Author

    Jack Cameron Dierks
  • Condition

    Like New, 1st Edition
  • Product Info

    • Publisher :  J.B. Lippincott; BC ed. edition (January 1, 1970)
    • Language : English
    • Hardcover :  240 pages
    • ISBN-10 :  0397006527 ISBN-13 :978-0397006526
    • Item Weight :  1 pounds
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