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The Politics of War: The Story of Two Wars Which Altered Forever the Political Life of the American Republic

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Politics of War describes the emergence of the United States as a world power between the years 1890 and 1920-our contrivance of the Spanish-American War and our gratuitous entrance into World War I-and by filling in the back story of an era in which mendacious oligarchy organized the country's politics in a manner convenient to its own indolence and greed, Karp offers a c ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Franklin Square Press (first published 1979)
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ck40579
Aug 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
The first half, a study of McKinley's papers which document his orchestration of military action against Spain, reads like a script to our current screening of war set in the middle east. The second half does likewise with Wilson's handling of World War I.
Socraticgadfly
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I never totally bought into the myth that Woodrow Wilson did everything he could to keep us out of war. But, before reading this book, on the recommendation of an Amazon commenter to another review of mine, I didn't realize that, instead, he did everything he could to drag us into that war, and was doing that long before he was successful.

That said, my eyes were actually even more opened as to the Machiavellian character of William McKinley. Far from circumstances forcing us into war
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Emmett Hoops
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The gods of reading must be looking over my shoulder, because this is the eighth book in a row that has had the power to keep me up late. It is a tragedy that this book is not in every American house.

Walter Karp wrote this book in 1978-79, but it contains such powerful insights about American politics from 1890 to 1920 that gradually it will dawn on you that this period is only dully recalled in our school history books. We hear of the Reform Era, of World War 1; but what happened to
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Mike Snyder
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great historical polemic, which might merit half a star off for being a tad one-note about Woodrow Wilson, but the tale he tells of how we lost the Republic 100 years ago, in the Spanish American War and American participation in WWI, both wars of choice, is compelling and told with great passion. I am subsequently reading a biography of Wilson by a more mainstream historian, and the self-serving motivations that Karp describes in his book have some basis in fact. I'll come back here after I fin ...more
Hugh Magee
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it

An eye-opening slice of history that provides a readable background to how the United States became enmeshed in world affairs.
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"Americans learned a profoundly embittering lesson: They did not count. Their very lives hung in the balance and still they did not count. That bitter lesson was itself profoundly corrupting, for it transformed citizens into cynics, filled free men with self-loathing, and drove millions into privacy, apathy, and despair." (p. 332)

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