by John S. D. Eisenhower
Columbia, Mo.: University of Missouri, 2014. Pp. xiv, 192.
Illus., maps, append., notes., biblio., index. $40.00. ISBN: 0826220002
Two Men Who Helped Shape America’s Rise as a Great Power
In this book, the late John
at the long friendship between two men, one still an iconic figure and the other largely forgotten save by historians, who played important roles in shaping America’s rise as a world power from the 1890s through the Great War.
does give the reader a good look at the backgrounds and lives of both men, each in his own way a surprisingly unique person.
The pair hit it off on their
first meeting, in 1897
. Within months they had organized and led
the “Rough Riders” in Cuba, which brought both national fame, and
lives and careers were intertwined
does a good job of covering
interactions between the two, showing how they helped shape American military institutions and policies
. This war particularly so
during Roosevelt’s White House years
and later when Wood was Army Chief of Staff
is particularly good about the role the two men played in preparing
for World War I, in which they both sought but were denied front line service.
not to have known about Roosevelt’s years in the New York National Guard, an obscure episode in the man’s career, and he might
have expanded his
account of Roosevelt’s and Wood’s proposed “Rough Rider” division for World War I. But these
are relatively minor within the
he paints of this important friendship.