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The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War

The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War - James Bradley James Bradley's sole qualification to write history is that his father was one of the flag-bearers on the iconic 'Marines raising Old Glory on Iwo Jima' photograph. His lack of professional training unfortunately results in some tendency to the "elites were busy signing secret agreements" historiography that is known to professionals of the trade. However, Bradley is redeemed to some degree by a good ear for prose, and the work, if not taken absolutely seriously as 100% accurate history, is not a bad read. 3 stars.