The Rough Riders

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C. Scribner's Sons, 1899 - Spanish-American War, 1898 - 336 pages
President Roosevelt's personal narrative of his adventures during the Spanish-American War. The Rough Riders were a uniquely American crew of cowboys, scholars, land speculators, American Indians, and African Americans, and this volume chronicles their triumphs and defeats with riveting and engrossing detail. Also includes the list of men who he commanded and letters of recommendation for the Medal of Honor.

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The material is clearly unabridged TR as he was at the time of the Spanish American war. He briefly memorializes many of the men he served with, some of whom are easily recognizable to any US history ... Read full review

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TR is a great man, but a poor writer. Really could have used an editor to make this easier to read and follow. It reads almost like a journal with several lists of names of people he knew, but doesn't develop. Read full review



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Page 1 - HARK ! I hear the tramp of thousands, And of armed men the hum ; Lo ! a nation's hosts have gathered Round the quick alarming drum, — Saying, " Come, Freemen, come ! Ere your heritage be wasted," said the quick alarming drum. " Let me of my heart take counsel :^ War is not of life the sum ; Who shall stay and reap the harvest When the autumn days shall come...
Page 1 - Ere your heritage be wasted," said the quick alarming drum. " Let me of my heart take counsel : War is not of life the sum ; Who shall stay and reap the harvest When the autumn days shall come?" But the drum Echoed, " Come ! Death shall reap the braver harvest," said the solemn sounding drum.
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