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Theodore or Franklin?

A century ago, Theodore Roosevelt turned the US into a hyperpower in its own western hemisphere, providing some eerie precedents for today

Book: First Great Triumph Author: Warren Zimmermann Price: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $30

Much of the current debate about US hyperpower, how it will be deployed and the constraints, if any, that it will accept or that can be applied to it, is based on the assumption that nothing like it has been seen before. On a world scale that is true. But the manner in which the US became a hemispheric hyperpower 100 years ago-by winning the Spanish-American war-and how it went on to use that power provide a disturbing set of precedents to today’s debate.

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