Armed Progressive: General Leonard Wood

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U of Nebraska Press, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 329 pages
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Gen. Leonard Wood?s meteoric career was no fluke. The ambitious Wood (1860?1927), serving as an army physician, strategically took on tasks and assignments that led him from the pursuit of Geronimo in the deserts of the Southwest (for which he won the Medal of Honor) to chief of staff of the U.S. Army and almost to the presidency of the United States. During his rise to high office, the darker side of Wood?s personality became legend. Able administrator and sincere patriot, Wood, together with friend Theodore Roosevelt, organized the famous ?Rough Riders? during the Spanish-American War. Unfortunately, Wood possessed a consuming and obsessive ambition, as well as the willingness to advance his own interests over the ruin of others and in the face of political disapproval. Despite personal rivalries and feuds, Wood earned national prominence with his successes as a colonial administrator in Cuba and the Philippines, yet he was denied the two things he wanted most: an active role in the fighting of World War I and the presidency of the United States. Armed Progressive, a critical study of Wood?s quest for power and his tremendous achievements, helps us to understand this pivotal figure who played such a dominant role at the turn of the century. Jack C. Lane provides historical insight and political assessment and captures the essence of this capable, ambitious, proud, bigoted, and self-righteous man.
  

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Contents

Introduction
xv
Duty on the Frontier
xix
A Decade of Post Life
16
The Rough Rider
25
Combat Commander
38
Governor of Santiago de Cuba
55
Governor of Santiago Province
66
Military Governor of Cuba Reform
86
14 Apostle of Preparedness The Struggle
184
Apostle for Preparedness A Pyrrhic Victory
193
The General and the President
203
The General and the Military Professionals
218
Man on Horseback American Style The Issues
230
Man on Horseback American Style The Campaign
240
The WoodForbes Mission Reassessing American Philippine Policy
250
GovernorGeneral of the Philippines Redefining American Philippine Policy
257

Military Governor of Cuba Shaping the New Empire
102
Governor of Moro Province
114
Defending Americas New Empire in the Far East Commander of the Philippine Division
132
The Making of an Armed Progressive
145
Chief of Staff Struggle for Supremacy
156
Chief of Staff Struggle for Reform
168
GovernorGeneral of the Philippines The Last Battle
268
Notes
277
Bibliography
307
Index
319
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Jack C. Lane is Alexander W. Weddell Professor Emeritus of American History at Rollins College.

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