Rough Riders by Mark Lee Gardner (Theodore Rooservelt)


Theodore Rooservelt, His Cowboy Regiment, and the Immortal Charge up San Juan Hill

Used hardback with dust jacket; excellent condition.


“Thrilling. … A CLASSIC.” True West

WINNER: Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award; New Mexico-Arizona Book Award; and Colorado Book Award

The now-legendary Rough Riders were a volunteer regiment recruited in 1898 to help drive the Spaniards out of Cuba. Drawn from America’s southwestern territories and led by the irrepressible Theodore Roosevelt, these men included not only cowboys and other Westerners, but also several Ivy Leaguers and clubmen, 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 of San Juan Hill, which made TR a national hero and cemented the Rough Riders’ iconic place in history.

Now Mark Lee Gardner synthesizes previously unknown primary accounts—private letters, diaries, and period newspaper reports from public and private archives across the country—to breathe fresh life into the Rough Riders and pay tribute to their daring feats and indomitable leader.

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“Gardner’s account of the famous charge up San Juan Hill pulses with the kinetic confusion of men under fire. … Gardner ably defends Roosevelt’s accomplishments on the battlefield.”


“Gardner is one of this nation’s premier historians of the American West.”

    -Col. Cole C. Kingseed, USA Ret., Ph.D., Army Magazine

“Fast-paced and thoroughly researched. … A rousing and robust story.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Overflowing with intelligently packaged information about Roosevelt and his regiment, massaged into an appealing action-narrative style as instructive alike to enthusiast and newcomer as it is enjoyable to read.”

    -Theodore Roosevelt Association Journal

“Compelling reading. … Gardner renders an especially authentic portrait.”


“Mark Lee Gardner’s excellent book blends history, biography, and well-detailed combat narrative as it shows how Lt. Col. Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders became national heroes.”

Dallas Morning News

“Gardner brings the Rough Riders to life with clear, vivid prose and keen insights. You can almost smell the saddle leather and gunsmoke, hear the bugles calling to a glorious adventure second to none. Gardner leads this literary charge — and it’s indeed a grand one.”

    • -Paul Andrew Hutton, author of

The Apache Wars

“[Gardner’s] fast pace and comprehensive research… carry readers into a brief and memorable period of history.”

    -New Mexico Magazine


    -True West

“Breathes new life into [the Rough Riders’ tale] through detailed research, close attention to detail, and gripping narrative. … A worthy addition to the body of work surrounding this iconic tale of American history.”

    -Military Heritage

“An engaging and up-to-date chronicle of the Rough Riders’ saga.”

    -The Journal of America’s Military Past

“Gardner’s book is well-researched, and his narrative is absorbing.”

    -San Antonio Express-News

“Thrilling. … Timeless. … A classic, inspiring biography of a true American hero.”

    -True West

“Absorbing. … [Gardner’s] ability to recreate those weeks, in all their glory… is impressive.”

“Gardner provides some terrifying, exhilarating stories of battle… and celebrates Roosevelt.”

Publishers Weekly

“There have been countless books written about various facets of Theodore Roosevelt’s life, but it’s unlikely that any offer the masterful mix of rousing storytelling and historical accuracy in Mark Gardner’s book.”

    -Roundup Magazine

“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, co-screenwriter of

Apocalypse Now

    •  and director of

The Wind and the Lion

    •  and

Rough Riders

     (1997 TV film), both about Roosevelt

“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 of

In the Kingdom of Ice

    •  and

Blood and Thunder

“Gardner delivers rousing blow-by-blow accounts of the various battles and showcases Roosevelt’s hypermasculine panache.”

Library Journal

Rough Riders is excellent. It’s not just first-rate history but a ripping yarn that shines new light on Theodore Roosevelt’s extraordinary life.”

    • -Ron Hansen, author of

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

“A thrill ride for history buffs. … A must read for Roosevelt aficionados and those who appreciate compelling stories of military history.”

USA Today

“Rich in action and telling details.”

    -Albuquerque Journal


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Weight 18 oz
Dimensions 7 × 10 × 2 in


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