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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Rider Press (December 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619492342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619492349
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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First of all, the kindle edition is free so this is an excellent start.
MeridianX
The 1st USV (the Rough Riders) has to be one of the most interesting units in US military history.
Mitch Reed
The book itself is very good, and I found it upbeat enough to read while at the gym.
James

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106 of 109 people found the following review helpful By MeridianX on October 8, 2009
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First of all, the kindle edition is free so this is an excellent start. Having read the book version this is an exact copy with no additional commentary or changes. Roosevelt is a great storyteller and it comes through in his book. You feel as if he is sitting in front of you while you are both seated in a large red leather chair in front of a fireplace in his library (surrounded by African hunting trophies) drinking cognac and smoking a good cuban cigar. You don't know if it is all true or parts f his imagination but you don't care because it is a good time. Take a trip into a little known war that helped transform a unique individual into a President that is a familiar name to all.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Judith K. Brown on May 10, 1999
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My grandfather was a member of Troop A of the Rough Riders and wrote a series of articles for our local newspaper (Champaign, IL) on his experiences. After reading his comments and then reading the book written by Roosevelt I know first hand that Col. Roosevelt told it like it was. "Rough" was putting it mildly. My grandfather survived but had re-occurring bouts of maleria throughout his life. I transcribed his accounts into a family album for my children and grandchildren so he would not be forgotten. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone wanting to learn about our history.
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By James on October 11, 2009
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This is the best formatted public domain book I've found. The book itself is very good, and I found it upbeat enough to read while at the gym. It's also pretty short, the last 1/4 is the Appendix and reference section.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Alice Thomsen on November 21, 2010
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I found it to be very descriptive and spellbinding. History has been the majority of the time very dry, and therefore lacks in holding my attention. I like it when the page becopmes alive, and you feel like you are right there with them, at the time it is happening.

My grand father in law rode with Teddy Roosevelt and much of the description appears to be similar to what was passed down through the family since his death.

I highly recommend it, as a historical reading piece.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mitch Reed on September 6, 2000
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The 1st USV (the Rough Riders) has to be one of the most interesting units in US military history. The collection of characters who filled its ranks could spawn dozens of other titles. This book is WELL written by Teddy Roosevelt, one of our most colorful persidents, is a frank and great account of the life of this unit. I found it quite enjoyable, and didn't feel that the book was TR blowing his own horn, he cared very much for his men and this shows through in this book. A must for any history buff.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on April 1, 2005
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"The Rough Riders," by Theodore Roosevelt, is the author's memoir of his experiences as part of the First United States Volunteer Cavalry during the Spanish-American War. The book's title comes from the nickname earned by the unit. The copyright page notes that the text was originally published in 1899. TR tells about the recruitment and training of the Rough Riders, their voyage to Cuba, their battles, and their return home.

Much of the book concerns what, in TR's opinion, makes for good soldiers and good leaders. Although the book first appeared over a century ago, I found many of TR's observations startlingly relevant to contemporary warfare; he discusses wartime refugees, guerrilla warfare, wartime atrocities, and battlefield news correspondents. Other topics covered include illness among the troops and the impact of weather and terrain on warfare. He also discusses occasional humorous material, such as the nicknames some soldiers earned.

Roosevelt includes fascinating technical details about the weapons of this era. Although he frankly discusses the violence, wounds, and deaths of the battlefield, overall I got a sense that TR saw the war as a grand adventure-even fun on a certain level. The writing style is very engaging and has a clear, matter-of-fact quality. TR's admiration and love for his troops ultimately gives the book a real warmth and humanity. This is truly a landmark in the rich canon of American military memoirs.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Davis on August 31, 2002
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My comments are based on the 1997 hardback version of this book.
The following may have been corrected in the 2000 paperback.
Richard Bak collected many photographs of the Rough Riders to illustrate Roosevelt's text, and this is good. However, he wasn't very careful with his captions.
For example, the photograph leading off Chapter One "Raising the Regiment" is captioned "Colonel Wood and Roosevelt in Texas. Roosevelt's paunch would disappear in Cuba after he lost twenty pounds in the tropical heat." However, other photographs of Roosevelt at this time do not show a paunchy man. Also, both he and Wood seem younger than the men in this photo.
Later in this chapter, there is a photograph again showing the an identified as Wood, captioned "Colonel Leonard Wood (second from right)..."
In the background of this photograph, there is an automobile (looking closer in style to a Model A than a Model T), and the other three men in the photograph are dressed in Army uniforms from the 1920s.
The conclusion is that these men are NOT Roosevelt and Wood, but the actors who played them in the 1927 silent movie about the Rough Riders that was filmed in San Antonio with the assistance of the US Army's Second Division stationed at Fort Sam Houston.
In the section "The Mystery of the Maine," the photograph identified as the Maine is not the Maine that blew up in Havana Harbor, which only had two smoke stacks. This is probably the later World War I Maine.
So, Roosevelt's text is good. The collection of photographs are good. But verify those captions and the conslusions based upon them.
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