Wednesday, April 28, 2010

book notes

The War Lovers by Evan Thomas

Colorful uniforms went away with the advent of smokeless gun powder, which bright colors conspicuous on the battle field.

Roosevelt's father didn't serve in the Civil War (in part because his wife was a frail Southerner whose brother were fighting for the Confederacy) -- fueling TR's need to prove himself in battle.

Roosevelt in 1889 letter to Cecil Spring Rice -- "Frankly, I don't know that I should be sorry to see a bit of a spar with Germany; the burning of New York and a few other seacoast cities would be a good object lesson on the need of an adequate system of coastal defenses"