Zimmerman's narrative provides a clear path for the reader to follow to understanding his central theme.
For example, there is fascinating detail regarding treaty negotiations with Spain and the debate within the US Senate for ratification.
While the five biographies in the first half of the book are all useful, insightful, and well written, they're really mostly prologue.
I waffled between four and five stars for this book right up until the last page. It is a clearly written, engaging, and insightful history of the politics of the Spanish American... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stuart Shapiro
This is a superb synthesis by a seasoned foreign service officer. The prose is crisp and engaging and the historical analysis is sound -- occasionally profound. Read morePublished 7 months ago by R. Warren Metcalf
Real page- turner about 5 influential americans in the late 1800s and pre world war 1. This was an era of true manifest destiny when the USA began to usurp European influence and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by John S. Stack
Its not bad. I have read far, far worse history books. And its not really poorly written or anything. Some amusing anecdotes about life in the 19th century. Read morePublished 11 months ago by The Philistines
This book presents a clear and concise overview of how the United States "had" to transform itself into a world power. Read morePublished 11 months ago by David Jerome
This book is a must for any history teacher. I disagree with a couple of the author's assertions, but it is a great read and clearly outlines how we became the world power we are... Read morePublished on July 20, 2012 by W.L. Tower
This book elucidated the true right course. I was left wondering weather I should have named my first born son: Henry Cabot or my previous choice Henry Adams. Read morePublished on March 2, 2011 by Lawrence of Stock
This is a great book about a little known and less studied period of American history---- the time between the Spanish American War and WW1. Read morePublished on December 11, 2010 by pat Rick