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Theodore Roosevelt was born on October 27, 1858, and became the twenty-sixth president of the United States. He was a naturalist, writer, historian, and soldier. He died in 1919.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Rider Press (December 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619492342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619492349
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As President's go, he was a damn good writer and quite an adventurist.

In reading this book you fill out or develop your sense of who TR thought he was--something you lack when you read biographies. You also start to see where TR's self-view diverges from his biographers one hundred years later.

If you are to understand Roosevelt, you need to read Roosevelt. Especially if you are thinking about dismissing him as a progressive responsible for all the bad things in the Republican Party today, or diminishing your view of him just because he was a Republican. Moreover, it does the great president a huge disservice to think of him as a slogan (walk softly but carry a big...) he was known for or a few bits of legislation. TR was a complex enough man to run for a third term as a Bull Moose and contemplate a third term after Wilson's mess. The Rough Riders help you understand just what a complex political and adventurist animal TR was.

The formulation of the Calvary Regiment, their mustering, training, and transport to Cuba covers the majority of the first half of the book. Getting to the theater of war was really half the battle. Then the battle, and the sweat dripping from the men during scorching days and humid nights as well as the battle for the San Juan Hill are all covered in the second half. Sweat, mosquito's, and mud. You sense what it was like to be in the theater of operations because TR writes so well about it, as well as the heroics of his men who fought and died like heroes.

As war memoirs go, this is relatively short, but appropriate for the action seen. Eisenhower and Kennedy had more time in the combat theater and necessarily had more to write. TR writes of mustering, flanking and 1900 era jungle if not guerilla tactics.

No one lived quite like TR. Worthwhile and important read for understanding this President.
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I had read it before,this whole book was just a part of an autobiographical book that I had read not long before I bought this book.I hadn't realized that or I would never had bought it.that sad,the whole book,and thus this book was a tremendous read about a larger than life man..I Love Teddy,Wish We Had Leaders Like Him Today !!
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This was the first book I had read by Theodore Roosevelt. I have seen things about the Rough Riders in other books and had been interested to read his account of the group and the fighting in Cuba. The book was interesting and it gave me insight into the man that was to be President. I don't know how much more detail he could have gone into but it's not quite what I expected. It is more of a quick account in my opinion...although I may just be too used to fictional stories going into greater detail. I thought the book was very interesting though and I definitely think it is worth a read.
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This is a fast, uninspiring read except for its tear-inducing ending for those who've already learned to love this most inspiring of personalities. What makes it valuable is the contrast in provides between Roosevelt's version of what so many others have written. For example, a wonderfully entertaining incident recounted in the first of Edmund Morris's fabulous three-volume work, about swimming with sharks after victory in Cuba, is dismissed in one of the shortest sentences ever produced by TR. His version of his death-defying, heroic charge up San Juan hill is, perhaps, even more enlightening. But this is supplementary reading to Morris's first volume; as stand-alone reading it would surely disappoint.
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What a great read. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in learning about 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment. And who better to narrate the story of this unit than the man who led it himself? One can even take lessons in leadership from this book, Theodore Roosevelt stresses that officers should lead from the front and examples of this are shown throughout the book. Most people who think of the Rough Riders generally think of Roosevelt, yet he gives credit where credit is due. He praises the men under his command and explains that throughout the campaign that his volunteers were on par with their regular army counterparts. Read this book if you want to learn about a unique chapter in U.S. Military history.
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Good first hand account, from Roosevelt's perspective, of the Rough Riders role in the in the Cuban conflict. The book didn't concern itself much with the rationale for going to war but rather the logistics of assembling a group of volunteers. I found it very interesting.
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