By David Traxel
In 1898: The delivery of the yankee Century, David Traxel tells the tale of a watershed 12 months, a 12 months of overseas clash, extravagant event, and breakneck social swap that cast a brand new America—a unexpected empire with many far-flung possessions, a dynamic new participant upon the worldwide stage.
At the guts of this brilliant, anecdotal background is a masterly account of the Spanish-American conflict, the "splendid little war" that garnered the state Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. From the sinking of the Maine in waters off Havana to Teddy Roosevelt's tough riders and the triumph of Admiral Dewey, here's the lightning-swift army episode that reworked the USA right into a international energy. the following too are many tales no longer so usually told—the bloody first successes of the recent United Mine employees, the tentative beginnings of the Ford Motor corporation, the million-dollar release of the Uneeda Biscuit—each in its method as vital because the harbinger of the yankee century. Compulsively readable, often funny, totally interesting in its each element, 1898 is well known background at its best.
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For it is not interest or variety of scene or of event, reader, that it concerns me to offer now (and perhaps any more); but the movement of unfolding of ordinary occurrences to the tiring soul. And these are more cryptic at every repetition: their fascination and their boredom grow apace-what a strange thing! Meanwhile and meanwhile I am becoming more intimately acquainted with my dear self (if indeed I am), with the cyclical rhythm and with the waning of vigor-and the growth of glory. This progress, slowing down, of perceptions is my literal life, yet I find it difficult to write what will not appear symbolic.