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The Valor of Ignorance

Lea, Homer

Editorial: Harper Brothers, New York, 1909
Condición: VG+ Encuadernación de tapa dura
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In this epic book from the early 1900s the author predicted that war between the US and Japan was inevitable, with the latter country's forces able to occupy the most populated and strategically important areas of the US Pacific coast. US territories, such as Hawaii and the Philippines, would also be occupied. Homer Lea (1876-1912) states in his brief preface that his book was completed soon after the signing of the Treaty of Portsmouth, in which the US negotiated a peace settlement between Russia and Japan, relating to their war of 1904-05. However, he delayed publication to assess the outcome of that settlement saying that :"Succeeding events have so confimed the beliefs of that time that I now feel justified in giving the book to the public." (That note dated March 1909.) After the treaty was signed Russia's influence in the Pacific diminished while Japan's expanded and such was the impact of his book that it became almost "required reading" for US military officers, and also attracted the attention of their Japanese counterparts. Credibility was given to the book by glowing forwards by two retired US Army generals. Physical infirmity prevented the academic Lea from joining the US military, but in 1900 he became advisor in military training to a faction in China attempting to restore the monachy there. This was a short-lived appointment, but carried the rank of General. This is an important and prescient geo-political work, a fiction that turned fact. The book is presented in two parts:"The Decline of Militancy and the Control of the Wester Hemisphere" and "The Decline of Militancy and the Conrol of the Pacific. First edition of 1909 from Harper Brothers, 344 pages including a number of statistical appendices camparing relative Japanese/US strengths and resources, tissue protected photo frontis portrait of author and 11 maps specially prepared for the book. Dark blue hard covers with stamped gilt front and spine titles and US crest to front are VG+ with hint light surface wear, also to corners, text block is excellent with rough cut lower/vertical page edges with gilt to upper edges. An excellent copy. NOTE: At the top corner of the title page is the name Wm G Malone in ink and dated 7.4.14. This is possibly a book from the library of Lieutenant Colonel William George Malone, CO of the Wellington Battalion of the NZEF at Galipolli, where he died at Chunuk Bair, leading his troops in an action that made him of one the NZ Army's most heroic figures of WWI. Malone's military association went back to his joining the Armed Constabulary in 1881, a year after arriving in NZ. During the Boer War he was instrumental in a raising the Stratford Rifles, serving as a captain. Promoted to Lieutanant Colonel, in 1914 he was appointed CO of the Wellington Battalion. It is noted by military historian Chris Pugsley, in an internet biography, that William Malone had spent 15 years (pre-1914) "reading military history and strategy.". N° de ref. de la librería 004745

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Título: The Valor of Ignorance

Editorial: Harper Brothers, New York

Año de publicación: 1909

Encuadernación: Hard Cover

Ilustrador: Photo, Maps

Condición del libro:VG+

Condición de la sobrecubierta: No Jacket

Edición: 1st

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