The Yellow Peril
Looking back at the world the press lords made.
Henry Luce and His American Century
by Alan Brinkley
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A group of exiles based in New York, calling for an American invasion of the country they have fled, collaborate with sympathetic members of Congress who favor an expanded US military role in the region. Sensationalist journalists play up real and fictitious atrocities to whip up public support for war. When war finally comes, the United States gets bogged down in counter-insurgency campaigns, and American occupying forces commit atrocities. This may sound like a description of the 2003 war in Iraq, but it also describes the Spanish-American War of 1898 and the American war to conquer the Philippines that followed.
In The War Lovers, Evan Thomas, an editor at Newsweek, doesn't draw the parallels overtly, but they are present on page after page, and together with a new pair of books chronicling the lives of
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