Honor in the Dust: Theodore Roosevelt, War in the Philippines, and the Rise and Fall of America's Imperial Dream
On the eve of a new century, an up-and-coming Theodore Roosevelt set out to transform the U.S. into a major world power. The Spanish-American War would forever change America's standing in global affairs, and drive the young nation into its own imperial showdown in the Philippines.
From Admiral George Dewey's legendary naval victory in Manila Bay to the Rough Riders' heroic charge up
The war’s downplayed stature is not the result of any historical smallness. ...more
"You can't put down a rebellion by throwing confetti and sprinkling perfumery," General Lloyd Wheaton offered in 1900 in rebuttal to protests from anti-imperialists over reports of abuses by U.S. troops in the Philippines. But this was not a rebellion. The American Philippine adventure turned quickly from emancipation of the islands from the Spanish to a take-over. In doing so, America crushed the Filipino independence movement and became the very evil we sa ...more
This is a honey of a book: brisk, entertaining, surprising, and alarmingly topical. (Clearly, the folks who brougt you Guantamamo did not remember the MAINE.) Plus you learn how we got Guantanamo in the first place.
Jones spent decades mining original sources, and there are new nuggets on every page. But his research is so cleverly integrated into his narrative that Honor in the Du ...more
Water torture was a big controversy back in Teddy Roosevelt's invasion of the Philippines ...more
Jones is a Pulitzer-Prize finalist journalist with years of firsthand experience in the Philippines. The even ...more
This was an history of America at one or her greatest and worst hours, pitting "Manifest Destiny" against the horrors of Expansionism and the virtue of disclosure against the practicality of successful management of political and military resources.
the central Character of this struggle was Theodore Roosevelt, who led the America and her "imperialists" to war in Cuba and the Phillipines. A man who was rightly accused of burying secrets in the cellar by his enemies " the Democrats and ...more
George Santayana, the eminent Harvard philosophy professor, novelist, and poet is widely known for his prescient observation: “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” However, his lesser-known, but similarly poignant quote, “Only the dead have seen the end of war” is just as applicable in Gregg Jones’ extraordinary new history of America’s campaign for conquest of the Philippines, ...more
This books shows how he decided what type of man he wanted to be and that he set his course to make his dreams come true. But some of those dreams ...more
Easily accessible and engrossing, the author includes the right amount of factual background to help you understand the conflicting priorities and competitive pressures of the time. I felt I was really living this era, with an insider's access to what was happening. I also gained a depth of understanding about the colorful characters of the time, like Teddy Roosevelt.
This book is a great window on a pivotal period ...more
Great book about the history of 2 separate wars America fought. The Spanish-American War and the Philippine-American War. This book even goes into detail about how Guantanamo was started. This author did his research very well. He included notes and a bibliography for each chapter of the book citing where he got the information. I was very impressed.
This is a great read for any one interested in war history.
The bunnies ...more
In light of recent revelations about the use of waterboarding and other forms of torture to extract information from suspected terrorists, the historical context of the so-called water cure outlined by Jones is illuminating. Many of the controversial and brutal strategies employed by US forces in the Philippines have been ...more
I won this book through a GoodReads giveaway.
I like to browse the new books in the book aisle at Costco, while my wife does her grocery shopping. When I saw that this was a book about Theodore Roosevelt, I was immediately interested in buying it. I find him to be a fascinating and inspirational character and have read other biographies about him. Although some of the book is directly related to my favorite president, the majority of the book is a detailed wartim ...more
Told mainly from the American point of view, the book does not shy away from some of the not-so noble aspects of its efforts to "benevolently assimilate" the archipelago in the beginning of the 20th century. Realizing the potential strategic importance of the islands in the years to come, America spared little in trying to convert the Philippines and its people to what they considered a "c ...more
My only critique is that Gregg Jones apparently did not have access to Co ...more
Jones tells the story of the US conquest of the Philippines both from the battleground and the American political arena. US forces were sent there to kick out the Spanish duri ...more
The first half of the book covers the lead up to the Spanish-American War and parts of the conflict. A ...more
The one critique of the author that I would have is his failing to qualify his statement on the assassination of William McKinley. With resp ...more
I had read very little about the "Spanish American War" and the invasion of the Philippines before reading this book. What this book does not state is that, according to some figures, 200,000 Filipino people died as a result of this war. What struck me as I read this account was how many similarities there were with another war just a bit to the north and 65 years later. Many of the same tactics were used against the Vietnamese ...more
Very dense with names, dates, and battles. You will learn A LOT about a forgotten chapter in America's history, but I had to read this in less than a week for a class. It was an awful assignment and I would ...more
Honor in the Dust shows how Roosevelt deftly maneuvered the U.S. and a war-weary President McKinley into a full-blown occupation of the Philippines, and how he managed the fallout. The conquest was a moral and historical disaster that Roosevelt—skilled in public relations—retooled for public consumption as the U.S. found ...more