The Spanish-American war of 1868 resulted in a US invasion of Spanish-controlled Cuba in support of native insurgents. Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt raised a regiment - the Rough Riders - to fight in Cuba. Comprised of a motley band of cowboys, Amerindians, African Americans and rich men's sons, the regiment acquitted itself well, most notably in their famous charge at the Battle of San Juan Hill. The future President of the United States kept a journal of regiment's exploits throughout the four months of the war. His book 'The Rough Riders' (based on the journal) was the publishing sensation of 1899. Full of stirring accounts of action and bravery under fire, Roosevelt also details the failures, boredom and hardships of the campaign, with insect-borne disease producing more casualties than the fighting. A classic and highly readable account of American Arms at the turn of the nineteenth century.
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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.
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