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Officially known as the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry, the Rough Riders are synonymous with the Spanish-American War. Their flamboyant colonel, Theodore Roosevelt, was larger than life and generated substantial publicity for his men. Walker (Legends and Lies: Great Mysteries of the American West) has written a lucid account of the history of this volunteer cavalry regiment. He sets the stage by chronicling the troubled history of Cuba and its Spanish rulers, and of U.S. involvement in the island's affairs. After the destruction of the U.S. battleship Maine in February 1898, war was inevitable, given America's outrage over the affair. Roosevelt left his post in the Navy Department and, with Leonard Wood, put together a unique assemblage of men to form the only volunteer cavalry to see action in the subsequent brief war. The regiment's soldiers came from all walks of life?cowboys, ranchers, men from Harvard and Yale, athletes, soldiers of fortune, policemen and many more. The regiment fought in the skirmish at Las Guasimas and took a much-publicized role in the successful assault on San Juan Heights. Battle casualties totaled over a hundred men. Using a combination of memoirs and secondary studies, Walker has produced a human-oriented picture of the regiment, its camp life, battles and struggle with disease in Cuba's tropical climate. Thumbnail biographical sketches provide useful information about the key players in the drama (which incorporates information that Walker garnered nearly 30 years ago while interviewing the then last three surviving Rough Riders). For those interested in the stirring events of a hundred years ago, his study is sure to please.
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On this centennial of the Spanish-American War, a number of publications are scheduled. This volume concentrates on the tumultuous creation and short, thrilling campaign of the volunteer regiment raised by then Assistant Secretary of the Navy Roosevelt. Walker sets the scene with some background but zeroes in on the regiment of "woolly" adventurers?cowboys, frontier lawmen, New York club loungers, Harvard graduates, journalists, and wanderers whose virtue, according to Roosevelt, was their ferocity, energy, courage, and manliness. The regiment was raised in April, trained in June, fought in July, and disbanded in September, having sustained 37 percent casualties. Roosevelt declined command in favor of his friend Capt. Leonard Wood, but the personality of the future president was so strong that in the popular eye it was his glory alone. Walker (Rough Rider: Buckey O'Neill of Arizona, Univ. of Nebraska, 1997) has assembled a thoroughly researched popular history that can be enjoyed by lay readers. Recommended for subject collections. (Maps and pictures not seen.)?Edwin B. Burgess, U.S. Army Combined Arms Research Lib., Fort Leavenworth, KS
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Forge; 1st edition (May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312864795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312864798
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,248,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Frank J. Konopka VINE VOICE on December 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a good basic book about the Rough Riders and the Spanish-American war. The anecdotes are interesting, and it doesn't get bogged down in a lot of detail, which should assist the casual reader. That having been said, there are a number of factual errors contained within it, and a more careful editing would have eliminated the redundancies I came across, including using the same quote more than once. If you want a quick overview of the subject, however, and don't care to delve too deeply into it, this is the book for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bob Johnson(jkyrbrt@prodigy.net) on August 21, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Dale Walker has managed to make the history of a military campaign readable, and enjoyable. This book moves along well, and is packed with information, as well as fleshing out the characters involved. It is an even-handed treatment of the Cuban campaign. I did find one error (which must be a typo, as Walker is too good an historian to make this gross an error) when it mentions that the Spanish Mauser fires a .45 caliber slug, when in fact it was 7mm caliber. Walker uses a lot of sources for this book, including the press accounts of the military correspondents, and interviews with the surviving Rough Riders. In all, it fleshes out the campaign, and is meatier and more accessible than any other treatment of the Rough Riders. The inclusion of little-known facts, such as Edgar Rice Burroughs' attempt to join the regiment, are gems. A splendid effort!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mitch Reed on September 6, 2000
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This book is still second best to the Rooosevelt work. It covers much of the same period, yet is not as frank and revealing as the TR book. It was a very quick and enjoyable read, so for the casual reader, this would be a perfect book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 1999
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Dale Walker, interested in the wonderful varieties of human beings and their motives and their deeds, has found a splendid subject in the TR's Rough Riders and their exploits in Cuba. Every kind of foible and heroism are here, seen by an eye delighted by all of it. First-rate history.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jomo@garlic.com on August 2, 1998
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You bet it is!
Speaking as a college graduate with a degree in History, I can testify to the usually dry manner in which history is presented in some of the more popular works.
Mr. Walker has given the subject of Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders a fine literary treatment. After having lived through years of having to force myself to read the most boring and dry works on history during my college days, I am left with one burning question. Why can't all authors treat their choosen areas of history with he same enthusiasm as Mr. Walker obviously has for his?
Have even the vaguest interest in the last decade of the 19th century? A passing curosity about Theodore Roosevelt? Ever wondered what was really going on during our assault on Cuba? Then grab this book. Its guaranteed to entertain even those who hated history class!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jersey Kid on December 28, 2009
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A story specifically about the assault of Spanish fortifications on San Juan Hill in Cuba during the Spanish American War by the First United States Volunteer Cavalry; a unit perhaps better known as Roosevelt's Rough Riders. However, as telling this story - the events of which unfolded in a short span of time; hours in point of fact - without a broader context, author Dale Walker has provided an appropriate background. And that framework provides for some strikingly interesting, though ultimately irrelevant - at least to the story itself - comparisons with more modern history.

Both the Spanish American War and the 2003 Invasion of Iraq had causus belli that were eventually proven to be invalid. Both effected regime-change. Both had periods of formal conflict that were limited, as were the US causalities incurred during that period. Both also saw more significant causalities resulting from insurrections that went on for a period of time longer than the war itself. Finally, the two conflicts saw the US position in the world arena change.

Mr. Walker's previous publishing effort was entitled "Legends and Lies: Great Mysteries of the American West," which is, in many ways the polar opposite to the vision of John Ford, perhaps the greatest chronicler - certainly in motion pictures, at least - of the mythic West. He states in his preface that the opportunity to meet living participants spurred him to produce this work.

And a very good military history it is! It is written in a somewhat ebullient style, full of hyperbole, that I initially found a bit off-putting at first. But, I came to believe the prose was quite reasonable and appropriate for the notion of Manifest Destiny that remained part of the American culture of the so-called Gilded Age.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Nelson on September 14, 2009
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This book is not a comprehensive account of the Spanish-American War, much less of even the Rough Riders themselves. While the focus is almost entirely on the Rough Riders and Theodore Roosevelt, it is a fairly short book and not extremely in-depth. I'm not really saying this as a criticism. I really liked the book. It was a fast read that gave a basic overview of the war, the formation of the Rough Riders, and their role in the war.

The tone of the book seems to be somewhat light-hearted, and often highlights TR's unpredictable nature. I would strongly recommend this book to non-history buffs, as it is an insightful and enjoyable read, but doesn't really require any real grasp of history to appreciate or understand. But I would also recommend it to those who ARE history buffs, because we all enjoy a casual read every now and then, right? This one is worth it.
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