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The Rough Riders (1899)

by Theodore Roosevelt

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Along with Colonel Leonard Wood, Theodore Roosevelt instigated the founding of the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry in 1898 at the beginning of the Spanish-American War. Nicknamed the Rough Riders by journalists, the Cavalry engaged in several battles. This is Roosevelt s best-selling account of one of the most fascinating regiments in American military history.… (more)
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Very interesting historical account of the invasion of Cuba. I'm somewhat surprised by the racism, but 1898 wasn't that long after the Civil War, & people were sadly misinformed about the intelligence of colored people. Since Roosevelt was there, this is a first hand account. ( )
  CAFinNY | Apr 26, 2019 |
The material is clearly unabridged TR as he was at the time of the Spanish American war. He briefly memorializes many of the men he served with, some of whom are easily recognizable to any US history geek (like me and mine).
There are, indeed, study questions to help the listener clarify points and would be useful to any military history studies.
The narrator has a clear voice and diction which make him the perfect lecturer. If I may suggest, speed the recording to a comfortable rate for the first read through, then reset to standard rate for any note taking and absorption needs.
I won this free audio copy in a giveaway. ( )
  jetangen4571 | Sep 1, 2018 |
This is the Taylor edition of Roosevelt's regimental history of the 1st United States Volunteer Calvary. ( )
  endaclon | Aug 4, 2018 |
Nobody will ever accuse Teddy Roosevelt of being too humble. This is a really fascinating account of the Spanish-American War, and an obviously self-aggrandizing campaign document for Roosevelt. It's also an interesting snapshot of what happened to the cowboy after the closing of American frontier. (Hint: he found fertile hunting grounds abroad.) ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
TR is a great man, but a poor writer. Really could have used an editor to make this easier to read and follow. It reads almost like a journal with several lists of names of people he knew, but doesn't develop. ( )
  gpaisley | Jun 18, 2016 |
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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
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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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Along with Colonel Leonard Wood, Theodore Roosevelt instigated the founding of the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry in 1898 at the beginning of the Spanish-American War. Nicknamed the Rough Riders by journalists, the Cavalry engaged in several battles. This is Roosevelt s best-selling account of one of the most fascinating regiments in American military history.

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