The Diary of a Dirty Little War: The Spanish-American War of 1898

The Diary of a Dirty Little War: The Spanish-American War of 1898

by Harvey Rosenfeld, Ian Esmo
     
 

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From its beginnings, America has acted out much of its history on the battlefront. Yet for the average American, little is known of the Spanish-American War. The reasons for our entry never seemed compelling—at times, yellow fever seemed more the enemy than did Spanish troops—and the United States was ill prepared for the venture. Nevertheless, this

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From its beginnings, America has acted out much of its history on the battlefront. Yet for the average American, little is known of the Spanish-American War. The reasons for our entry never seemed compelling—at times, yellow fever seemed more the enemy than did Spanish troops—and the United States was ill prepared for the venture. Nevertheless, this conflict served to unify a country that only thirty years before had been hopelessly divided by civil strife.

This colorful account reveals how every aspect of American life was ultimately touched by the war. War heroes abounded in the Spanish-American war: George Dewey, Richmond Pearson Hobson, Joe Wheeler, William T. Sampson, and of course, Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders. Rosenfeld strikes a balance between scholarly and popular writing, bringing to life a war that has often been overlooked.

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Drawing mostly from reports in the , but also from other contemporary newspapers and journals and from commentaries in books, Rosenfield (English, St. John's U. and Pace U.) chronicles what he characterizes as the first feel-good war the US had conducted for some time, being a rescue of poor Cubans from the oppression and brutality of Spain. He mentions only twice and in passing William Randolph Hearst, who is widely considered to have instigated the war with the most blatant example of yellow journalism to protect his financial interests. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441719751
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
12/20/2011
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
12
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

HARVEY ROSENFELD teaches English at St. John's University and Pace University and is the editor of Martyrdom and Resistance, a Holocaust bimonthly of the International Society for Yad Vashem.

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