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I never thought that reading about the short, one-sided Spanish American War would be interesting, but The War Lovers proved me wrong. The War Lovers isn't really a rout-by-rout description of securing Cuban hills and picking off Spanish warships; it's about the macho mindset of powerful men like Teddy Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, and William Randolph Hearst. These would-be world-beaters wanted to go to war at any cost; at times, it didn't even matter who they would be battling; as rabid social Darwinists, they knew that fighting was the only way to save their race. They weren't alone either: Influential intellectual Henry Adams welcomed even a disastrous war with Great Britain over Venezuela: "Bombard New York," he thunder to a friend. "The chief population is Jew, and the rest is German Jew." With hateful bombast like this, The War Lovers kept this New Yorker up reading late.
—R.J. Wilson, Bookseller, #1002, New York NY