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Rough Riders

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Rough Riders by Theodore Roosevelt is an engrossing account of the Spanish-American War and the courageous exploits of the volunteer cavalry unit led by Roosevelt himself. The book offers a vivid portrayal of the camaraderie and bravery exhibited by the men who made up this unique fighting force.

Roosevelt's writing style is engaging and filled with detail, bringing to life the hardships and triumphs of battle in a way that is both informative and compelling. His firsthand account provides a valuable historical perspective on a pivotal moment in American military history.

Overall, Rough Riders is a captivating read that sheds light on a lesser-known chapter of Roosevelt's storied career and the remarkable individuals who served under him. It is a must-read for history buffs and those interested in the personal experiences of one of America's most legendary leaders.

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Theodore Roosevelt's personal account of The Rough Riders, the name affectionately bestowed on the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry, one of three such regiments raised in 1898 for the Spanish-American War and the only one to see action. Roosevelt, serving first as Lt. Colonel and 2nd in command, gives a rousing depiction of the men and horses, equipment, talent, their trip to Cuba, battle strategies, losses, injuries and victories. He says: "In all the world there could be no better material for soldiers than that afforded by these grim hunters of the mountains, these wild rough riders of the plains . . accustomed to handling wild and savage horses . . to following the chase with the rifle, both for sport and as a means of livelihood . . they were hardened to life in the open, and to shifting for themselves under adverse circumstances . . My men were children of the dragon's blood, and if they had no outland foe to fight and no outlet for their vigorous and daring energy, there was always the chance of their fighting one another: but the great majority, if given the chance to do hard or dangerous work, availed themselves of it with the utmost eagerness." (Michele Fry)

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