Posts Tagged ‘scholarly’

The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War

August 8, 2012

The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War


Author: James Bradley

Title: The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War

Genre: Nonfiction; History Writing (Best Seller)

Publication Date: 2009

Number of Pages: 387

Geographical Setting: United States, Japan, East Asia, and Pacific Ocean

Time Period: 1905

Plot Summary: This book covers the historical cruise from the Pacific Islands to the continent of Asia made by defense secretary Taft and President Teddy Roosevelt’s famous daughter Alice along with other political figures of the time. This book reveals the prejudicial views of some of the most prominent leaders of the United States and exposes some tragic foreign policy decisions concerning Asia and the Pacific Islands. Although some may argue with some of the views or opinions presented in the book, it is well documented with over 30 pages of “Notes” at the end. It is filled with historic details including maps and original photographs from the time. This book has a journalistic tone, and is quite insightful and compelling.

Subject Headings: Roosevelt, Theodore; Taft, William H.; United States. Navy-Cruise; Imperialism; Diplomacy; War; Twentieth Century

Appeal: scholarly, compelling, journalistic, densely-written, sobering, insightful, investigative, thought-provoking, historical details, political, informative, well-researched, disturbing

3 terms that best describe this book: insightful, journalistic, historic details

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

1.      Habits of Empire by Walter Nugent – If you enjoyed the historical perspective of the Teddy Roosevelt presidency in The Imperial Cruise, you may like this book that covers a broader range of American imperialism.

2.      Alice by Stacy Cordery – If you would like to find out more about Teddy Roosevelt’s famous daughter Alice who joined the historical cruise, you may enjoy this book.

3.      In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines by Stanley Karnow – If you would like to read more about the history of the Philippines especially as related to the events in The Imperial Cruise, you may like this one.  

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

1.      Taft by Jason Heller – This plot-driven novel is about William Taft entering the 2012 election. If you enjoyed reading about Taft in The Imperial Cruise, you might enjoy this fiction novel.

2.      Cuba by Stephen Coonts – If you like to read about American imperialism set against a historical backdrop, you may like this book.

3.      To The Last Man by Jeff Shaara – This fiction novel is set during World War I. If you enjoy reading stories about politics and wars, you may enjoy this one.

Name: Patty Prodanich

Hot, Flat, and Crowded

June 17, 2009

Author: Thomas L. Friedman

Title: Hot, Flat, and Crowded

Genre: Nonfiction

Publication Date: 2008

Number of Pages: 400

Geographical Setting: America, China, the world

Time Period: 20th & 21st century

Series: N/A

Plot Summary: Friedman discusses America’s lack of direction and purpose post 9/11, the global environmental crisis and it’s causes and effects. He relates how the solution to America’s identity crisis and the global environmental crisis are linked together. Because the United States is a world leader, Friedman argues that we must take action to replace our wasteful practices with more efficient, innovative efforts in order to preserve the future of our blue planet.

Subject Headings: Energy policy, Global warming, Climatic changes, Energy resources, Energy conservation, Sustainable society, Population, Energy industries

Appeal: entertaining, informative, historical, environmental, scientific, liberal, rational, forward-thinking, foreboding, alarming, scholarly, well-researched, political

Three terms that best describe this book: foreboding, informative, entertaining

Relevant Fiction: Lies, Inc. by Phillip K. Dick (overpopulation, global crisis, science fiction), Sixty Days and Counting by Kim Robinson (environmental crisis, international disaster, political), The Doomsday Report by Rock Brynner (global warming, politicals, hysteria)

Relevant Nonfiction: Two Billion Cars: Driving Toward Sustainability by Daniel Sperling and Deborah Gordon (environment, sustainability, oil industry), Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment by James Gustave Speth (environment, globalization, policy), It’s Not Easy Being Green: and Other Things to Consider by Jim Henson (entertaining, informative, grassroots).

Name: Stephen Koebel