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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....

Title : The Rough Riders (Modern Library War)
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ISBN : 0375754768
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : Modern Library October 12, 1999
Number of Pages : 262 pages
File Size : 675 KB
Status : Available For Download
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The Rough Riders (Modern Library War) Reviews

  • Walter Stanley
    2019-05-08 16:48

    Having read a biography of Theodore Roosevelt, but one that had a dearth of information of the Rough Riders, I decided to read Roosevelt's personal account. There are few people whom I consider to be as alternately admirable and repellent as Theodore Roosevelt, though the former predominates. I believe it was Roosevelt who referred to The Spanish-American War as a "Splendid Little War." I think the Cubans did not really want America's help in their war for independence, and with our "help," they simply went from being exploited by the Spanish to being exploited by America. The same is true for the Philippines. Only about half of the soldiers Roosevelt trained as Rough Riders were able to go to Cuba, as a consequence of available transport, so as they come home, those who had not been killed, many of them maimed, all of them sick nearly to death with yellow fever, he referred to them as the "lucky ones." Oddly enough, most of his men seemed to agree with him. Even in a war that I agreed with, I would find that sentiment hard to agree with. When Roosevelt was running for Vice President under McKinley, one of them enthusiastically praised him by saying, "He led us like sheep to the slaughter, and he'll do the same for you!" It takes all kinds. Still, his courage and determination are almost superhuman. As presidents go, Roosevelt was one of our better ones.

  • Moe Sasseville
    2019-05-19 15:43

    A captivating look inside the mind of man who is both admired and reviled in our contemporary culture. There is no question that Teddy Roosevelt has a gift for prose. This book is engrossing and gives you insight into the mind of the man as opposed to the larger than life historical figure. It's easy to see why people found Roosevelt to be a great leader and orator, you can feel the man's charisma come through in his larger than life depictions.

  • Coast Dog
    2019-05-19 18:51

    This is an account of the first battle by the United States Army in an international theater of operation. The value of this book is that it is in Theodore Roosevelt's own words. Many of his accounts of the fighting appear in other books written on the subject. This is a story of our country's struggle to go from a standing army of less that 30,000 men to an invading army of over 300,000 men in a matter of months. A big part of this effort was the raising of the First Volunteer Calvary who became know as the "Rough Riders". This was an eclectic group of Ivy League athletes, western cowboys, and former lawmen whose life experiences made them fit for combat without much formal army training. It is also a story of an army unprepared for overseas operations, short on supplies, transport, medical resources and at times even ammunition and how they overcame these problems. This is the first of many times America will fight on foreign shores written by the man who was one of those responsible for starting the war and the only one who when on to fight it.

  • Anne Phillips
    2019-05-16 19:53

    "...I had preached, with all the fervor and zeal I possessed, our duty to intervene in Cuba, and to take this opportunity of driving the Spaniard from the Western World." In 1898, the opportunity came and TR raised a regiment, The Rough Riders, to help the US Army fight in Cuba. This book tells the story from the formation of the unit, the systematic training, the long journey to Cuba, the astonishing lack of organization, the incompetence of the administration and the heroism of the soldiers. Individual soldiers are given special recognition, such as the group of Apaches or experienced fighters from Arizona. This book does not end with the American victory, but includes supplemental material such as muster rolls and letters to the Army headquarters urging evacuation from the island to avoid further spread of malaria and typhoid. Roosevelt's continued concern for members of his regiment until after he became President is shown in letters. A fascinating account!