- ISBN/SKU: 9781591143635
- Binding: Hardcover
- Number of Pages: 288
- Date Available: May 2009
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Theodore Roosevelt's Naval Diplomacy examines President Roosevelt's use of U.S. naval seapower to advance his diplomatic efforts to facilitate the emergence of the United States as a great power at the dawn of the twentieth century. Based on extensive research, the author introduces a wealth of new material to document the development of Roosevelt's philosophy with regard to naval power and his implementation of this strategy. The book relates Roosevelt's use of the Navy and Marine Corps to advance American interests during the historically controversial Venezuelan Crisis (1902–03), Panama's independence movement (1903), the Morocco-Perciaris Incident (1904), and the choice of a navy yard as the site for the negotiations that ended the Russo-Japanese War. The voyage of the Great White Fleet and Roosevelt's actions to technologically transform the American Navy are also covered. In the end, the book details how Roosevelt's actions combined to thrust the United States forward onto the world's stage as a major player and cemented his place in American history as a great president despite the fact that he did not serve during a time of war or major domestic disturbance.
“CDR Henry J. Hendrix hails from Indiana, far from saltwater. Yet, one would be hard pressed to find an author better qualified by combination of education and experience to write on the maritime dimension of national security. He holds advanced degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School, Harvard, and King’s College in the United Kingdom. His thesis at the first was on Japanese militarism, and he is widely published, especially in the Naval Institute’s Proceedings. He commanded a tactical air control squadron and deployed at sea five times, once aboard the nuclear carrier Theodore Roosevelt. Hendrix is an authority on naval affairs and diplomatic history, and his prose is a joy to read.
Thus, for the modern reader, Hendrix’s book offers a case study about the flexible combination of diplomacy and the measured use of military force to achieve national objectives at minimal cost. It is hard to argue against Hendrix’s notion that Roosevelt and Jefferson were the only two presidents to achieve a special greatness without wartime leadership or grave domestic crisis—and both are on Mount Rushmore along with Lincoln and Washington. He might also have argued that both came closer to being “A Man for All Seasons” than any of the others. You should give Theodore Roosevelt’s Naval Diplomacy a high place on your reading list.”
— Air Force Research Institute
“…Impressive account that will delight any navalist with its stress on the value of naval force as an appropriate means of graduated response…. this is a fine book.”