Book Review: COLONEL ROOSEVELT: THEODORE ROOSEVELT GOES TO WAR, 1897-1898 (H. Paul Jeffers) : AH


COLONEL ROOSEVELT: THEODORE ROOSEVELT GOES TOWAR, 1897-1898, by H. Paul Jeffers (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 311 pages, $27.95).

With the help ofdiaries, letters, and memoirs written by Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), as wellas government archival material and military histories, Jeffers presents thedramatic story of the Spanish-American War of 1898, and shows how thetwenty-sixth president was involved in much of the fighting that took place duringthat conflict. Roosevelt’s leadership of the Rough Riders, a volunteer cavalry unitthat gained fame with its charge up San Juan Hill in Cuba, not only made him anational hero, but also assured his success in politics. Elected governor of NewYork four months after the war ended, he became president less than three yearslater.


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