Honor in the Dust: Theodore Roosevelt, War in the Philippines, and the Rise and Fall of America's I mperial Dream

Honor in the Dust: Theodore Roosevelt, War in the Philippines, and the Rise and Fall of America's I mperial Dream

by Gregg Jones

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“Fascinating… In the end, Honor in the Dust is less about the freedom of the Philippines than the soul of the United States. This is the story of what happened when a powerful young country and its zealous young president were forced to face the high cost of their ambitions.”—Candice Millard, New York Times Book Review

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 San Juan Hill, from Roosevelt's rise to the presidency to charges of U.S. military misconduct in the Philippines, Honor in the Dust brilliantly captures an era brimming with American optimism and confidence as the nation expanded its influence abroad.

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ISBN-13: 9781101575123
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/07/2012
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 246,234
File size: 7 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Gregg Jones was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the Gerald Loeb Award. His work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and The Observer (London). He lives in Dallas, TX.

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"The Philippines Occupation was the first of the United States' quagmires, yet its lessons have been willfully ignored by later generations. Honor in the Dust recovers this essential history, the bombast of Washington's jingoism to the terror of the lost patrol in Samar. Gregg Jones does an admirable job of bringing this extraordinary period and its remarkable characters to life." -Anne Nelson, author of Savages

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Barry52 More than 1 year ago
Gregg Jones has written an engrossing and exciting account of a little remembered episode in American History. All students of American History are aware of the events of the Spanish-American War and the emergence of the USA as a major player on the world scene, but few of us have much knowledge of the brutal pacification of the Philippines following the departure of the Spanish. This book goes into detail on the interactions between the Philippino nationalists and the US Army and the deceptions and cruelty displayed by both sides. Prior to reading this book I had no knowledge of such colorful and bizarre characters as "Hell-raising Jake" and Tony Waller and the interactions between the government in Washington and the commanders on the spot were fascinating. The "water cure" and "waterboarding" appear to have been in the military lexicon of intelligence gathering means for over a century....it appears that Gregg Jones is reinforcing the parallels between 1902 and 2003-- The interplay between the characters and the impact of world events to include the Boxer Rebellion in China and its impact on the Philippines is fascinating. I was not aware that the pacification of the Philippines was so severely impacted by the need to provide troops to send to China.
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