|Roosevelt's Iconic Rough Rider Image, photographed in a photo studio in New York, NY with his Brook's Brothers tailor on hand to ensure the best fit for the photo.|
Still, for all the good research Bradley did, and for detailing Teddy's desire to at all time present himself as manly, he is too simplistic in his premises and conclusions. Bradley paints Japan as a nation of peace transformed into an empire aping U.S. western expansion at the time of Perry's arrival – a premise that is unsupported by the facts – and removes any culpability for their own atrocities (to Bradley, these too weight on Roosevelt). Bradley is too eager to have someone to blame for his father having to fight in the Pacific and it shows.
For what it is, an easy read and a biased account of American foreign policy in the Pacific, it is fine. As an opus on the long standing history of racism – especially true institutionalized racism – it is better, until Bradley spends a chapter waxing poetic on the racial and cultural superiority of the Chinese (and how they succeeded where the white man would often fail). I would recommend it as a "history", but I would caution the reader to approach it with a critical eye and with the full knowledge that Bradley is much more interested in building his narrative than he is in an objective (or as objective as one can be) examination of the facts and building a conclusion after said review.