On the shelves: “Rough Riders – Theodore Roosevelt, His Cowboy Regiment, and the Immortal Charge Up San Juan Hill”, by Mark Lee Gardner, author of “To Hell on a Fast Horse”. This book tells the rousing, action-packed story of the Rough Riders and their extraordinary leader, Theodore Roosevelt.
The explosion of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor in February 1898 stunned the world and triggered a war between the United States and Spain. Congress authorized President McKinley to recruit a volunteer force to help drive the Spaniards our of Cuba, and from these men emerged the legendary Rough Riders, a mounted regiment drawn from America’s western territories and Ivy Leaguers.
Mark Lee Gardner synthesizes previously unknown primary accounts, private letters, diaries and period newspaper reports from public and private archives in Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Massachusetts, New York and Washington D.C. and breathes fresh life in to the Rough Riders and their daring feats and battlefield experiences.
Actual photos enhance the battlefield experience and vivid prose brings almost the smell of saddle leather and gun smoke to life.
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