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Empire by Default: The Spanish-American War & the Dawn of the American Century
The definitive version of the Spanish-American War as well as a dramatic account of America's emergence as a global power.
Hardcover, 740 pages
Published February 15th 1998 by Henry Holt and Co.
(first published January 1st 1998)
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A very good military and political history of the Spanish American War. It was my main source when playtesting Great War at Sea: 1898 and was an important source when I was designing Infantry Attacks: To Hell With Spain!. It suffers a bit from the fact that the author seems to have relied mostly on American sources; some of his conclusions aren't upheld by Spanish accounts. But the wealth of military detail and the author's strong narrative voice more than make up for it. An excellent history of ...more