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The Rough Riders (1899)

by Theodore Roosevelt

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This is a first-hand account of the experiences of the Rough Riders by their leader, Teddy Roosevelt. A fascinating story of just how rough these soldiers had it, this would be a great way top show students the humanity behind one of outstanding presidents as he was just beginning to establish his reputation and public persona.
  scnelson | Nov 23, 2011 |
I have heard so much about The Rough Riders and their heroics that I was let down a little by this book. But as with most heros they are very humble when they talk about what they did, I think this is the case here. Roosevelt just simply reported what happened as it happened not realizing the impact it would have on his future and the heroics that they had accomplished. ( )
  cwflatt | Feb 21, 2011 |
A fascinating and well-written war story, viewed from the ground (or, to be more accurate, from horseback). ( )
  jrcchicago | Jul 5, 2006 |
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Hark! I hear the tramp of thousands,/ And of armed men the hum;/ Lo! a nation's hosts have gathered/ Round the quick-alarming drum--/ Saying, "Come,/ Freemen, come!/ Ere your heritage be wasted," said the quick-alarming drum./ "Let me of my heart take counsel;/ War is not of Life the sum;/ Who shall stay and reap the harvest/ When the autumn days shall come?"/ But the drum/ Echoed, "Come!/ Death shall reap the braver harvest," said the solemn-sounding drum./ "But when won the coming battle,/ What of profit springs therefrom?/ What if conquest, subjugation,/ Even greater ills become?"/ But the drum/ Answered, "Come!/ You must do the sum to prove it," siad the Yankee-answering drum.

--Bret Harte
Dedication
On behalf of the Rough Riders
I dedicate this book
to the officers and men of the
five regular regiments
which together with mine made up the Cavalry Division at Santiago



Theodore Roosevelt
Executive Mansion
Albany, N.Y.,
May 1, 1899
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During the year preceding the outbreak of the Spanish War I was Assistant Secretary of the Navy.
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In 1898, as the Spanish-American War was escalating, Theodore Roosevelt assembled an improbable regiment of Ivy Leaguers, cowboys, Native Americans, African-Americans, and Western Territory land speculators. This group of men, which became known as the Rough Riders, trained for four weeks in the Texas desert and then set sail for Cuba. Over the course of the summer, Roosevelt's Rough Riders fought valiantly, and sometimes recklessly, in the Cuban foothills, incurring casualties at a far greater rate than the Spanish.

Roosevelt kept a detailed diary from the time he left Washington until his triumphant return from Cuba later that year. The Rough Riders was published to instant acclaim in 1899. Robust in its style and mesmerizing in its account of battle, it is exhilarating, illuminating, and utterly essential reading for every armchair historian and at-home general.

The books in the Modern Library War series have been chosen by series editor Caleb Carr according to the significance of their subject matter, their contribution to the field of military history, and their literary merit.

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An epic saga of the American-Spanish conflict that shaped the nation's destiny and a future President's soul.

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