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Blow, Michael, A SHIP TO REMEMBER: The Maine and the Spanish-American War. VG/VG. Jacket in mylar. (NY: William Morrow & Company, 1992). Map on endpages, illustrations, "source notes", bibliography, index, 496 pages.
~~~ On the misty Tuesday evening of February 15, 1898, the battleship Maine blew up in Havana Harbor, with the loss of 260 lives. A court of inquiry determined that a mine had caused the disaster: No blame was assigned. Yet the United States soon rushed into a war that thrust it on a course of expansion and brought responsibilities and commitments that still plague the nation almost a century later. A Ship to Remember tells two riveting stories. The first is the mystery of the Maine -- how, why, and by whom she was destroyed--a puzzle that has defied solution over the years. Michael Blow's vivid account of the tragedy and the ensuing investigations is the most comprehensive ever published. The larger narrative of the book is a full-scale history of the Spanish-American War and its satellite conflicts, the Cuban revolution of 1895 and the Philippine "insurrection" of 1899-1902. Blow dramatically re-creates the major battles of the war and gives new meaning to their consequences. As one naval officer put it, "An hour or two at Manila, an hour or two at Santiago, and the maps of the world were changed." The preeminent figure of the period, as civilian and soldier, was the indomitable Theodore Roosevelt--assistant secretary of the navy, colonel of the Rough Riders, president. His prodigious energy and single-minded purpose seemed almost to hurl the nation into a new century. But Roosevelt is only one of the important players. The book's compelling cast of characters includes William Randolph Hearst, whose "new journalism" gives fresh meaning to the word "yellow"; reporter and illustrator Frederic Remington portraying the glory and the misery of the battle for the San Juan Heights; young Winston Churchill, who takes his first lesson in guerrilla warfare in Cuba; the legendary Richard Harding Davis exposing the horror of Spanish concentration camps; General Valeriano Weyler, the man Hearst called "butcher," who learned how to wage total war from William Tecumseh Sherman. "
~~~ Published in 1992 at $27.50, now OUT OF PRINT.


Bradford, James C., CRUCIBLE OF EMPIRE: The Spanish-American War and Its Aftermath. (Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1993). NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. Illustrations, index, 269 pages. -- CONTENTS: List of Illustrations; Preface; Introduction; Diplomat and Naval Intelligence Officer: The Duties of Lt. George L. Dyer, U.S. Naval Attache to Spain; American Intelligence During the Spanish-American War; William T. Sampson and Santiago: Blockade, Victory, and Controversy; Winfield S. Schley and Santiago: A New Look at an Old Controversy; Joint Operations in the Spanish-American War; Marines in the Spanish-American War; The Struggle for Samar; Naval Service in the Age of Empire; William McKinley's Enduring Legacy: The Historiographical Debate on the Taking of the Philippine Islands; Appendix: Theodore Roosevelt's List of Spanish Naval Assets; Notes on Contributors; Index.
~~~ The Spanish-American War of 1898 is often passed over by scholars and history buffs, but the approach of the centennial has generated a renewed interest in this conflict - its causes, consequences, and conduct - an area surprisingly lacking in study until now. This collection of essays by some of the nation's top naval and military historians - David F. Trask, Graham A. Cosmas, Harold D. Langley, and Jack Shulimson, to name a few - examines for the first time the actions of America's naval, military, and diplomatic communities during the war, actions that led to victory against Spain, the U.S. domination of the Philippines, and transformation of the United States into a world power. Drawing from primary sources, this book sheds new perspectives on the negotiations and diplomatic maneuvers preceding the war, and explores the boom in intelligence gathering by the United States. It explains how this new intelligence influenced the formation of military strategy and how the joint operations between the Army and Navy were carried out - and how effective they were. It examines the impact of the Marine Corps on the war and how this conflict changed the Corps itself. Crucible of Empire takes a fresh look at the controversial Battle of Santiago from the points of view of Commodores Sampson and Schley, and discusses numerous command problems and disagreements. Also considered are the expansionist designs of President McKinley, the taking of the Philippine Islands, and the resulting impact on the strategic planning, naval service, and defense responsibility of the United States beyond the Western Hemisphere. This volume contributes to the ongoing re-interpretation of this pivotal era of American history. Together the essays trace not only the impact of the armed forces on America's rise to world prominence, but also the transformation of the Navy, Army, and Marines as they entered the modern era.
~~~ Originally published at $39.95, now OUT OF PRINT.


Brown, Charles H., THE CORRESPONDENTS' WAR: Journalists in the Spanish-American War. VG/Good. Book is clean and tight; jacket has small tears and small pieces missing along edges. Jacket flap creased. (NY: Scribner's, 1967). Map on end pages, illustrated, notes, bibliography, index, 479 pages.
~~~ The Spanish-American War was the newspaper correspondents' war par excellence. By the 1890s, the mass-circulation daily press was well-established, but electronic communication was not yet very highly developed; a huge and eager audience for news waited breathlessly for the dispatches from the only agents available, the correspondents in the field. The reporters went to extravagant lengths to satisfy their readers and if at times they seemed to be preempting the functions of the generals, that was all right, too -- the press thought themselves considerably more wide-awake than the military. It was a correspondent, James Creelman, who took the fort at El Caney, and other newsmen led the U.S. forces at Las Guasimas and planted the first American flags on Cuban soil, laying claim to the island. William Randolph Hearst habitually referred to "the [New York] Jurnal's war with Spain," and many people at the time and since have declared that Hearst and his rival Joseph Pulitzer of the New York World deliberately urged the country into war in their competition for higher circulation figures. But the legions of newspaper readers, the country as a whole, had to be receptive to war cries from the Journal, the World and other bellicose papers. In the 1890s Americans were rapidly becoming aware of their strength and potential power, and a national attitude compounded of pugnacity, self-confidence and pride provided a ready field for the publishers and their correspondents. In The Correspondents' War, Charles H. Brown chronicles the exploits of newspaper men during these years, and his story conveys the excitement that the newsmen created across the country. As to whether the newspapers really caused the war, Mr. Brown doubts that they, or any other single institution, could have done that; but, he says, it makes no difference: the correspondents acted as if the war was theirs.
~~~ Originally published in 1967 at $8.95; now OUT OF PRINT.


Cohen, Stan, IMAGES OF THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR, April-August 1898 (Missoula: Pictorial Histories Publishing Company, 1997). NEW copy, oversize PAPERBACK. Illustrations, index, bibliography, 392 pages.
~~~ The most comprehensive photo history of the Spanish-American War to date. The biographies of generals, admirals and the common solders are recorded. Monuments and other places of interest are examined. Over 700 photographs.
~~~ Originally published at $29.95, now OUT OF PRINT.


Goldstein, Donald M., et al, THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR: The Story and Photographs. (Potomac Books, 2000). NEW copy, oversize PAPERBACK. 182 pages.
~~~ History comes to life as this photographic collection shows what the Spanish American War was really like. The authors have combined rare photographs and illustrations with authoritative text and maps to present a comprehensive documentary portrait of the momentous clash of arms. Here are the stories of the controversial and tragic sinking of the Maine, the stirring U.S. victories at Manila Bay and San Juan Hill; the bloody siege of Santiago, and all the colorful players of this American epic, including Theodore Roosevelt and Rough Riders, Commodore George Dewey, and opinion-manipulator William Randolph Hearst. The Spanish American War is the definitive pictorial record of the war that brought the United States onto the world's stage and into the twentieth century.


Langellier, John P., FIX BAYONETS (G.I.: The Illustrated History of the American Soldier, His Uniform and his Equipment).. (Greenhill Books). NEW copy, oversize PAPERBACK. 72 pages.
~~~ This superbly illustrated, authoritative volume combines rare images of American infantrymen with detailed captions on the finer points of uniform and equipment as they actually appeared in the field. This volume covers the Civil War, the American West, the Spanish-American War, the 1916 expedition against Mexico, World War I and World War II.


Smolinski, Diane, SOLDIERS OF THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR. (Potomac Books, 2000). NEW copy, pictorial laminated hardcover, issued without jacket. (Chicago: Heinemann Library, 2003). For Young Readers. Part of the Americans at War Series, edited by LtCol JA LaFaro. Glossary, Further Reading, Historical Places to Visit, Index. 32 pages.
~~~ The Spanish-American War was fought in two different parts of the world: the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. U.S. and Spanish armies and navies, as well as local resistance fighters in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines were involved in the fighting. Turn the pages of Soldiers of the Spanish-American War to find out what it was like to be a soldier in the U.S. and Spanish armies. Learn about important military leaders, uniforms worn by soldiers on each side, and the different roles played by the artillery, cavalry, and infantry. Discover the important role U.S. newspapers played during the Spanish-American War.
~~~ Currently in print at $29.29.


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