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In Rough Riders, Theodore Roosevelt recounts the exploits of the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry during the Spanish-American War. Filled with men ranging from Ivy League athletes to glee club singers and Texas rangers, the Cavalry - nicknamed the "Rough Riders" by journalists - engaged in several famous battles under Roosevelt's leadership. The Rough Riders' most legendary deeds were at the Battle of San Juan Hill, and narrator Brian Troxell's energetic performance matches the excitement of Roosevelt's descriptions.

listeners will feel as though they are sharing a drink with Roosevelt as he happily reminisces about his past days of glory.

Publisher's Summary

Along with Colonel Leonard Wood, Theodore Roosevelt instigated the founding of the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry in 1898 at the beginning of the Spanish-American War. Nicknamed the “Rough Riders” by journalists, the Cavalry engaged in several battles. This is Roosevelt’s best-selling account of one of the most fascinating regiments in American military history.

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Darwin8u
  • Mesa, AZ, United States
  • 02-25-18

Death, hardship, honor and renown.

"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 written with energy and machismo. He reminds me a lot of my late father-in-law, who was probably born a century too late. My father-in-law was a calvary Colonel who commanded both tanks and helicopters. It is something to see a helicopter colonel stomping around with spurs on and not think a little of Theodore Roosevelt.

The Rough Riders were a band of confederate volunteers made up primarily of cowboys, lawmen, miners, and native americans from the Western territories (New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Texas) and sprinkled with athletes and adventurers from Harvard, Yale and Princeton. Through persistence and energy, Roosevelt and his 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry managed to work their way to the point of the spear during the Spanish–American War in Cuba and engaged in the Battle of Las Guasimas, the Battle of San Juan Hill, and the seige of Siege of Santiago.

This episode was one of those early events that helped propel the energetic TR forward in his march to the presidency.

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Not sure what I was expecting

Would you try another book from Theodore Roosevelt and/or Brian Troxell?

Yes

Would you recommend The Rough Riders to your friends? Why or why not?

I had heard great things about this book, but found it merely interesting. I'm not sure why other readers were so enamoured.

What does Brian Troxell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Very much enjoyed Troxell's narration.

Could you see The Rough Riders being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes - no comment

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