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The first definitive account of this legendary fighting force and its extraordinary leader, Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Lee Gardner's Rough Riders is narrative nonfiction at its most invigorating and compulsively listenable. Its dramatic unfolding of a familiar yet not fully known story will remind listeners of James Swanson's Manhunt.
Two months after the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor in February 1898, Congress authorized President McKinley to recruit a volunteer army to drive the Spaniards from Cuba. From this army emerged the legendary "Rough Riders", a mounted regiment drawn from America's western territories and led by the indomitable Theodore Roosevelt. Its ranks included not only cowboys and other westerners but several Ivy Leaguers and clubmen, many of them friends of "TR". Roosevelt and his men quickly came to symbolize American ruggedness, daring, and individualism. He led them to victory in the famed Battle at San Juan Hill, which made TR a national hero and cemented the Rough Riders' place in history.
Now, Mark Lee Gardner synthesizes previously unknown primary accounts as well as period newspaper articles, letters, and diaries from public and private archives in Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Boston, and Washington, DC, to produce this authoritative chronicle. He breathes fresh life into the Rough Riders and pays tribute to their daring feats and indomitable leader. Gardner also explores lesser-known aspects of the story, including their relationship with the African American Buffalo Soldiers, with whom they fought side by side at San Juan Hill.
Rich with action, violence, camaraderie, and courage, Rough Riders sheds new light on the Theodore Roosevelt saga - and on one of the most thrilling chapters in American history.
The song "Uncle Cliff" was written and performed by Mark Gardner, copyright 1985.
©2016 Mark Lee Gardner (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Lee on 03-03-18

Spot light on the real history.

Excellent indepth history with all the worts of an amazing, colorful and overly hipped figure bursting with what is the American spirit. Sadness are the deaths during the Spanish American war due to the ineptness and glory seeking (very much TR) commanders. Without this well researched work ones grade school notion of that war would be that Roosevelt and the Rough Riders we're the only unit there. That said the RR's were very brave and Roosevelt deserves his place in history and a time we won't see again but, can learn much from it

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By nasfan55 on 18-07-17

Excellent and entertaining

Very enjoyable listen. It made me want to bring back words like bully and hoosah

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