|Pages/Publication Date:||368 / 2019|
When America declared war on Spain in 1898, the U.S. Army had just 26,000 men, spread across the country. In desperation, the Rough Riders were born. Theodore Roosevelt's unique group of volunteers—ranging from Ivy League athletes to Arizona cowboys—helped secure victory in Cuba in a series of gripping, bloody fights across the island, immortalized by their charge in the Battle of San Juan Hill. Through their diaries, letters, and memoirs, Clay Risen illuminates this hugely influential moment in American history: a war of only six months' time that dramatically altered the United States' standing in the world, ushering in a new era of global power.
"Scrupulously researched and dramatically narrated.... All of TR's undaunted hubris, bedrock patriotism, derring-do, and political genius are captured in this fast-paced war epic."—Douglas Brinkley