It was a sneak attack on December 7, 1941, of course. But what yanked traditionally isolated Japan into the militaristic imperialist century? Largely hidden, but exceptionally significant, is a cruise into the Pacific in the summer of 1905. Using his young attractive daughter as a distraction for the few reporters on board, Theodore Roosevelt’s little jaunt meant near-genocide for the Filipinos and near doom for Korea as a nation, while boosting Japan as a master-race imperial power. Guest is author James Bradley, author of Flags of Our Fathers, Flyboys, and the new China Mirage.

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