Inside the Spanish-American War: A History Based on First-Person Accounts by James M. McCaffrey


The Spanish-American War, fought in 1898, is often remembered for the sinking of the USS Maine and for Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders charge up San Juan Hill. These famous events have been widely popularized by historians and pop culture and those details have been gratefully excluded from this book. The focus, instead, is on the daily lives of soldiers, marines and sailors as they fought the war and the minutiae of their experiences. Instead of policy and politics the reader gets first hand accounts of the conditions, food, training and daily existence of the U.S. combatants. McCaffrey makes the war come alive through the eyes of the men who fought it.

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