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Teddy Roosevelt at San Juan: The Making of a President (Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series) Hardcover – September 1, 1997


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  • Series: Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series (Book 54)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press; 1st edition (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890967717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890967713
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,638,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Few instances in military history have had such profound consequences as Teddy Roosevelt’s charge at San Juan. Now, for the first time in over a generation, we have a grand narrative of that heroic moment when TR led a ragtag regiment of western cowboys and miners and eastern swells and polo-players charging up a hill to liberate Cuba and create a new America as well. Vivid personalities, mixed motives, folly and heroism all combine in the Samuels narrative as TR reinvents himself and prepares to reinvent his country.”--Paul Andrew Hutton
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pony on May 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book purportedly sets out to explore how Theodore Roosevelt manipulated his image through savvy media relations and hogging the spotlight at every opportunity. Fair enough - but this book suffers greatly from the authors' insertion of their own small-minded, petty, spiteful and mean-spirited opinions. I lost count of the number of times the narrative implied, or stated outright, what TR's thoughts or intentions were at any given moment, with no record whatsoever to back up these allegations - historic, anecdotal or otherwise. TR was a brilliant man (if not our most intelligent president ever, certainly in the Top Two) but he wasn't God. So let's get real. TR was certainly not diabolical enough to start manufacturing a public image while still in his teens, and nobody could possibly manipulate world events to the level the authors accuse TR of doing. While the authors piously claim a goal of warning present-day readers of the dangers of "spin" ... they are guilty of the worst kind of propaganda and deceit.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Tate on March 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The authors make no effort to hide their contempt for Theodore Roosevelt. I was struck as I read this tripe that their hatred for TR has completely colored their ability to write a fair and honest look at the famous Rough Rider. This book is useful only if you want a good laugh.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 1997
Format: Hardcover
The authors reexamine the "Hero of San Juan Hill" to find that the heroic legend was manufactured, partly by Roosevelt himself, partly by the powerful newspaper correspondents he courted, and, perhaps surprisingly, supported by the Rough Riders themselves. That Roosevelt didn't mind risking their lives in his political ambition didn't seem to bother them overmuch - they were, after all, alive and victorious, and shared the prevailing military ethos of those innocent pre-Passchendaele days, when "glory" was counted as a real and achievable goal.
The story is well told here in this well-researched and readable work, with admirable maps by Texas A&M's own Cartographic Unit. Highly recommended for the general reader of military history and Roosevelt fans, as well as others who would like to see the birth of "spin".

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