Leonard Wood

Leonard Wood

Rough Rider, Surgeon, Architect of American Imperialism

Book - 2006
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"One of the most fascinating but least remembered figures in modern American history, Major General Leonard Wood (1860-1927) was, with his close friend Theodore Roosevelt, an icon of U.S. imperialism as the nation evolved into a global power at the dawn of the twentieth century. The myriad of roles that Wood played in his extraordinary career offer a mirror image of the country's expansion from the urban Northeast to the western frontier to Latin America and the Far East. Boston surgeon,
Indian fighter, U.s. Army Chief of Staff, Medal of Honor winner, commander of the Rough Riders in the Spanish-American War, Governor General of the Philippines, and presidential candidate, Wood was one of a select cadre of men that transformed the American military at the turn of the century, turning it into a modern fighting force and the nation into a world power." "Jack McCallum has mined Wood's extensive personal records - including diaries, correspondence, and photographs - to create
a vivid portrait of a complex and controversial man and his legacy. America's rapid conquest of Cuba and the Philippines and the subsequent political and economic reconstruction it imposed under Wood's military supervision in these regions have important parallels to current U.S. involvement in the Middle East, both in its successes and its failures."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, c2006
ISBN: 0814756999 (cloth : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: B WOOD
Characteristics: ix, 357 p., [12] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm

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