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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Lee Gardner Narrator: Danny Campbell Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2016 ISBN: 9780062471222
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The first definitive account of this legendary fighting force and its extraordinary leader, Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Lee Gardner’s Rough Riders is narrative nonfiction at its most invigorating and compulsively readable. Its dramatic unfolding of a familiar, yet not-fully-known story will remind readers of James Swanson’s Manhunt.

Two months after the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor in February 1898, Congress authorized President McKinley to recruit a volunteer army to drive the Spaniards from Cuba. From this army emerged the legendary “Rough Riders,” a mounted regiment drawn from America’s western territories and led by the indomitable Theodore Roosevelt. Its ranks included not only cowboys and other westerners but several Ivy Leaguers and club men, many of them friends of “TR.” Roosevelt and his men quickly came to symbolize American ruggedness, daring, and individualism. He led them to victory in the famed Battle at San Juan Hill, which made TR a national hero and cemented the Rough Riders’ place in history.

Now, Mark Lee Gardner synthesizes previously unknown primary accounts as well as period newspaper articles, letters, and diaries from public and private archives in Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Boston, and Washington, DC, to produce this authoritative chronicle. He breathes fresh life into the Rough Riders and pays tribute to their daring feats and indomitable leader. Gardner also explores lesser-known aspects of the story, including their relationship with the African-American “Buffalo Soldiers, with whom they fought side by side at San Juan Hill.

Rich with action, violence, camaraderie, and courage, Rough Riders sheds new light on the Theodore Roosevelt saga—and on one of the most thrilling chapters in American history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Few episodes from our past have done more to capture, and shape, central themes of the American character (real and imagined) than Teddy Roosevelt’s exploits with the Rough Riders. In Mark Gardner’s expert hands, a great American foundation story has been brought to vivid life.”

    Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Quoting from dispatches, newspapers, and other primary sources, Gardner delivers rousing blow-by-blow accounts of the various battles and showcases Roosevelt’s hypermasculine panache, along with his scrappy troopers’ eagerness for a ‘bully fight’ in what Roosevelt’s friend John Hay called a ‘splendid little war.’ Like many Roosevelt biographers, the author lionizes the Rough Riders, highlighting Teddy’s single-handed rush on Spanish positions and sharing stories of this boisterous, merry band of brothers…It is sure to please fans of war stories, adventure yarns, and Theodore Roosevelt.”

    Library Journal

  • “One of the ‘iconic moments in American history’ is scrutinized in heroic detail…Numerous quotes from letters, journals, and memoirs bring this adventurous story to life. There are many books about this event, including Roosevelt’s own. Gardner’s short-paragraphed, fast-paced, and thoroughly researched addition will appeal to teens as well…[This is] a rousing and robust story about the immortal charge and the significant role played in the war by Theodore Roosevelt.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “As Hollywood’s resident expert on Theodore Roosevelt, I found Mark Lee Gardner’s Rough Riders to be a finely-honed and fresh look at this country’s only ‘cowboy’ regiment to ever see combat.”

    John Milius, coscreenwriter of Apocalypse Now and director of Rough Riders (1997 TV film)

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About the Author

Mark Lee Gardner is the author of Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West’s Greatest Esacpe and To Hell on a Fast Horse: The Untold Story of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett. An authority on the American West, he has appeared on PBS’ American Experience and ABC’s World News, as well as on the History Channel, Encore Westerns, NPR, and BBC Radio. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, American Heritage, Wild West, American Cowboy, and New Mexico Magazine.

About the Narrator

Danny Campbell is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and an actor who has appeared in CBS’ The Guardian, the films A Pool, a Fool, and a Duel and Greater Than Gravity, and in over twenty-five commercials. He is a company member of the Independent Shakespeare Company in Los Angeles and is an adjunct faculty member at Santa Monica College.