The Spanish-American War-World War I, Part 1

  • by Ralph Raico
  • Narrated by George C. Scott
  • 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On April 25th, 1898, the United States declared war on Spain. Less than seven months later, a victorious America claimed the former Spanish colonies of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippine Islands. To the American diplomat John Hay, the Spanish-American War was "a splendid little war". It had been popular, brief, and inexpensive, especially in terms of casualties. But the Spanish-American War marked a change in America's international role. No longer content within her own borders, the United States looked overseas. In Europe, power was poised in balance. Germany longed to become a weltmacht, a world power. Britain struggled to preserve her empire. Both France and Russia expanded, and the Balkan states agitated for independence from Austria. Treaties were signed; alliances were consummated. Now the actions of any one power would determine the foreign policy of the others. By early August 1914, the world was convulsed by war, the first world war. As Europe's nation-states battled, they awaited the response of the greatest of the neutral powers, the United States.
World War I engulfed Europe. On the western front, there was constant carnage, but little movement. Soldiers bled and died to win a stretch of dirt, which was quickly lost again. Europe seemed to be deadlocked in a bloodletting frenzy. Halfway across the world, an officially neutral American was being drawn into the conflict. On May 7, 1915, a German U-boat sank a British ship named the Lusitania, and 1,200 people died, including 128 Americans. Diplomatic relations between Germany and America slowly decayed until, finally, President Wilson ordered American merchant ships to be armed. Within days, U-boats opened fire on American streamers. On April 6, 1917, America declared war on Germany. At the 11th hour of the 11th day of November 1918, the guns fell silent. Germany had surrendered.


See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


The novice and serious student of history alike should enjoy this one. The frequent speeches and first person accounts go a long way toward placing the listener in the times. Few points in history better account for the current geopolitical scene than this vital era. Worth a listen.
Read full review

- Tedd

A Rough Ride

Would be a good topic, but I find the production of this entire series dreadful. The narrators speed by with facts, then suddenly a stagey voice pops in to deliver quotes in a thespian tone. It is hard to concentrate or absorb much. Dozens of potentially interesting topics are mangled in this series through this awkward format. A shame.
Read full review

- Nelson Alexander

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-24-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.