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The Rough Riders by Theodore Roosevelt
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Nov 29, 09

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Truly a diarist view of a very short war. Roosevelt describes in engaging detail the campaign against Spain in Cuba as he saw it. The book details the many issues with transportation to Cuba, while in Cuba, and in leaving Cuba. It also describes a leaders' worries about supplying food to his troops and ensuring the health of his troops after battle. Roosevelt also provides details of soldiers and officers wounded and killed in action, and this is what feels most like a diary. He also discusses the leadership changes as part of the battle and the decisions made throughout the battle and afterwards. The book is interesting in that about 1/6 of the American soldiers involved in the short war were killed or wounded, according to Roosevelts stats. He spends a lot of time comparing that number to his group as well as to the Spanish. He does balance the book between personal descriptions and narratives of larger political issues and even statistics. I listened to this on audio. The narrator provided a number of dramatic pauses - nicely done! Text is available online.
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