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The Rough Riders

Theodore Roosevelt

Book Overview: 

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."

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Americans as any others. I was glad when it was decided to take him.

It was the evening of June 7th when we suddenly received orders that the expedition was to start from Port Tampa, nine miles distant by rail, at daybreak the following morning; and that if we were not aboard our transport by that time we could not go. We had no intention of getting left, and prepared at once for the scramble which was evidently about to take place. As the number and capacity of the transports were known, or ought to have been known, and as the number and size of the regiments to go were also known, the task of allotting each regiment or fraction of a regiment to its proper transport, and arranging that the regiments and the transports should meet in due order on the dock, ought not to have been difficult. However, no arrangements were made in advance; and we were allowed to shove and hustle for ourselves as best we could, on much the same principles that had govern. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Fact: Theodore Roosevelt was not a bad ass, he was The Bad Ass.

I suspect he was also a little bit crazy in the best possible way, as evidenced by how gleefully he describes the adventure of going to war with his group of rough-around-the-edges volunteers (also bad asses), because for him this re...more

"Credit should go with the performance of duty, and not with what is very often the accident of glory." - TR

What a fun read. Much like US Grant's memoirs I felt like TR and I were having a beer and he was just matter-of-factly recounting his experiences.

I did not know that Clara Barton was there...more

Before Theodore Roosevelt became the President of the United States, he had a war experience, which was less like the soldiers in WW2 and more of a fun adventure for Roosevelt. First of all, this was probably the beginning of unnecessary wars for the United States. Each generation of American pro...more

"We knew not whither we were bound, nor what we were to do; but we believed that the nearing future held for us many chances of death and hardship, of honor and renown."
- Theodore Roosevelt, The Rough Riders

I've been curious to read this memoir/history by TR. Like everything he did, it was writte...more

It's been said that Teddy wanted to be the center of attention wherever he went. He never attended a wedding wherein he didn't want to be the bride or a funeral wherein he didn't want to be the corpse. He wanted to be the focal point. When his rough riders went to Cuba, Roosevelt took a press age...more

Toxic Masculinity ✅ Patriotism ✅ Insensitive words✅ Nationalism ✅

If you’re looking for a manly book, you’ve found it. This book is so politically incorrect for 2018 and I love it, it’s reminiscent of a different time when men where men and we were all ok with that fact. Teddy was no Shakespeare...more

A good read. TR puts his charisma into his writing and does a good job of holding the readers' attention. He includes the horrors of battle but does not go overboard in describing the gory details. His tale of San Juan hill held my attention from beginning to end.

Written from a loose frame of notes and from memory- a photographic memory at that- this book, written by Theodore Roosevelt, is phenomenal. The amount of data and detail are amazing. Expecting our 26th president to be a bit self serving, in a military campaign in Cuba that he was a major partici...more

In the town where I live there is a major monument to the Spanish American War which I always thought was strange due to the fact that it seemed rather minor as wars go. Spain certainly did not try very hard to defend Cuba and the whole thing lasted about two weeks. Roosevelt narrates the whole a...more

I enjoyed this short book quite a bit. There were three things that really struck me.

First, Roosevelt's approach to war was extremely interesting. It was very much an adventure to him. Although there was absolutely no need for this war, he considered it a just cause, and he openly promoted it. T...more

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