The Imperial Cruise

Version: Unabridged
Author: James Bradley
Narrator: Richard Poe
Genres: History, Non-Fiction, Military
Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA
Published In: November 2009
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 9 hours
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In 1905 President Teddy Roosevelt dispatched Secretary of War William Taft, his gun-toting daughter Alice and a gaggle of congressmen on a mission to Japan, the Philippines, China, and Korea. There, they would quietly forge a series of agreements that divided up Asia. At the time, Roosevelt was bully-confident about America's future on the continent. But these secret pacts lit the fuse that would-decades later-result in a number of devastating wars: WWII, the Korean War, the communist revolution in China.
One hundred years later, James Bradley retraces that epic voyage and discovers the remarkable truth about America's vast imperial past-and its world-shaking consequences. Full of fascinating characters and brilliantly told, THE IMPERIAL CRUISE will forever reshape the way we understand U.S. history

Reviews (4)

Written by Jonathon S. on October 1st, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It was very good as far as information goes. It is a little slow, but still good.


Written by MissKate on July 4th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Historically interesting, but exceeding slow listening

The Imperial Cruise

Written by Connie on July 2nd, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book reveals a side of Teddy Roosevelt that I was unaware of. Very disturbing to hear he was a fierce racist, that he used his own insecurities to promote war, and terrible brutalities on other nations to pursue his own agenda. His cold treatment of his daughter Alice by his first wife, warps her psyche and the choices she makes. Had people knew of his true nature, his secret dealings during his presidency, and the outward facade he created for public consumption, I doubt his face would be on Mt. Rushmore. A must read in my opinion.

The Imperial Cruise

Written by griffamly on September 25th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 4/5

An interesting book, but somewhat terrifying from the standpoint that it reportedly tells the reader all the inner-thoughts of Teddy Roosevelt and many of his cabinet members. I have always held Teddy as a hero, but it appears from this biography that he was a Machiavellian bad guy - only interested in what can promote him and his agenda.

Author Details

Author Details

Bradley, James

"James Bradley is the fourth child of flagraiser John ""Doc"" Bradley. Raised in Wisconsin, Bradley studied at the University of Notre Dame, Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan and graduated with a degree in East Asian History from the University of Wisconsin. Bradley has vast experience writing and producing corporate films and corporate meetings; he has traveled the world, living and working in more than 40 countries for nearly a decade. Bradley has run companies in the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy. He has jumped out of airplanes at 15,000 feet, has scuba-dove in deep waters worldwide, trekked to Mount Everest's base camp and walked among lions in Africa. He is an avid reader of history, enjoys discovering exotic cuisine, cliff diving, golfing and snow skiing.

Bradley has recently established a foundation in support of American and Japanese student exchange programs to offer young people the chance to experience each other's cultures.

He remains a professional motivational speaker and is working on his second book, Tales on The Road to Tokyo. He divides his time between homes in New York's Westchester County, and Jamaica."