The Rough Riders: An Autobiography

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Library of America, 2004 - History - 895 pages
Reformer, rancher, conservationist, hunter, historian, police commissioner, soldier, the youngest man ever to serve as President of the United States--no other American public figure has led as vigorous and varied a life as Theodore Roosevelt. This Library of America volume brings together two of his most memorable autobiographical works.

The Rough Riders (1899) is the story of the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry, the regiment Roosevelt led to enduring fame during the Spanish-American War. With his characteristic élan he recounts how the regiment was raised from an unusual mixture of privileged Northeastern college men and hardened Southwestern frontiersmen--"these grim hunters of the mountains, these wild rough riders of the plains"--and how it trained in Texas and then "sailed southward through the tropic seas toward the unknown." Writing at the time when war could still be seen as a romantic adventure, Roosevelt vividly describes the confusion of fighting in the jungle; the heat, hunger, rain, mud, and malaria of the Cuban campaign; and his "crowded hour" of triumph on the San Juan Heights during the Battle of Santiago.

In An Autobiography (1913), Roosevelt recalls his lifelong fascination with natural history, his love of hunting and the outdoors, and his adventures as a cattleman in the Dakota Badlands, as well as his career in politics as a state legislator, civil service reformer, New York police commissioner, assistant secretary of the navy, governor of New York, and president. Roosevelt writes of his battles against corruption, his efforts to establish America as a world power, his passionate commitment to conservation, and his growing conviction that only a strong national government and an energetic presidency could protect the public against the rapacious greed of modern corporations. Combining vivid and amusing anecdotes with clear and eloquent statements of progressive principles, An Autobiography is a classic American memoir.

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User Review  - jetangen4571 - LibraryThing

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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User Review  - gpaisley - LibraryThing

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

Contents

RAISING THE REGIMENT II
11
To CUBA
39
GENERAL YOUNGS FIGHT AT LAS GUASIMAS
64
THE CAVALRY AT SANTIAGO
94
IN THE TRENCHES
129
THE RETURN HOME
157
A MusterOut Roll
183
B Colonel Roosevelts Report to the Secretary of War of September ioth
220
The Round Robin Letter
227
Corrections 230
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Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) was the 26th president of the United States, the youngest man ever to serve in the office. In his vigorous and varied life he was also a reformer, rancher, conservationist, hunter, prolific historian, police commissioner, soldier, and the 33rd governor of New York.

Louis Auchincloss (1917-2010) was the author of more than 50 works of fiction, literary criticism, biography, and history.

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