An expanded, illustrated edition of Theodore Roosevelt's 1899 memoir of the Spanish-American War, with a biographical sketch of Roosevelt, sidebars exploring aspects of the Rough Riders' legend and the war, and some 175 b&w and color illustrations including photos, paintings, cartoons, and songsheets. An epilogue tells how Roosevelt's popularity as a result of the war won him the White House, and summarizes subsequent achievements and disappointments in his personal and professional life. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Roosevelt's recounting of his leadership of this unlikely patchwork battalion of Harvard graduates, Native Americans, Badlands ranchers, and others is as American as it gets. Despite being the commanding officer, this future president insisted on fighting at the front of the contingent, creating an account of the Spanish American War by an officer who suffers and takes an enlisted man's risks.