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From the PublisherA fascinating and relevant work in the wake of the recent Persian Gulf War.
Library Journal ". . . . [Offner] emphasizes the domestic influences that affected the policies of the belligerents but also notes the larger international circumstances that conditioned judgments in Washington and in Madrid. This study demonstrates that the practice of international political history in the United States is alive and well."—David F. Trask, author of ###The War with Spain in 1898# "A major contribution to the historical literature on the war with Spain in 1898. John Offner's prodigious research in European and Cuban sources has enabled him to replace all previous treatments about the coming of the war and its impact on the history of the United States."—Lewis L. Gould, University of Texas at Austin
One of the most complete and certainly one of the better-researched presentations of the traditional historiography.
Journal of American History
Exhaustively researched, clearly and logically written, and forcefully argued.
International History Review
An Unwanted War combines rich detail, provocative insights, a wealth of fresh material, and a clear-cut point of view.
Far and away the best single account of the diplomacy associated with the short but extraordinarily important war with Spain.
David F. Trask, author of The War with Spain in 1898