The Crowded Hour: Theodore Roosevelt, the Rough Riders, and the Dawn of the American Century

Clay Risen (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$18.00  $16.56
Publisher
Scribner Book Company
Publish Date
June 16, 2020
Pages
368
Dimensions
5.4 X 8.3 X 1.0 inches | 0.65 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781501144004

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About the Author

Clay Risen is a deputy editor at The New York Times and one of the country's leading authorities on whiskey and other spirits. He is the author of Single Malt: A Guide to the Whiskies of Scotland and American Whiskey, Bourbon and Rye: A Guide to the Nation's Favorite Spirit, which has sold more than 100,000 copies through two editions. Risen writes about spirits for The New York Times and other national publications, and he is a panelist for the renowned Ultimate Spirit Challenge. Raised in Nashville, Tennessee, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

Reviews

"Clay Risen has given us an illuminating and elegant account of how Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders in many ways founded what would become, in Henry Luce's phrase, the American Century. Restless and brave, flawed and noble, TR and his compatriots embodied an emerging global nation--for better and for worse. It was indeed a crowded hour, not only for Roosevelt but for America."
--Jon Meacham, author of The Soul of America

"Scrupulously researched and dramatically narrated, The Crowded Hour showcases Theodore Roosevelt in all of his Rough Rider glory. Clay Risen, a marvelous historian, brings the Spanish American War and the Gilded Age back to life in these vibrant pages. All of TR's undaunted hubris, bedrock patriotism, derring-do, and political genius are captured in this fast-paced war epic."
--Douglas Brinkley, Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and Professor of History at Rice University and author of The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America

"Here, in cinematic fashion, Clay Risen captures the nearly inexhaustible energy and irrepressible charisma of Teddy Roosevelt at the moment of his meteoric rise into the national consciousness. Through careful sifting and resourceful reporting that runs both broad and deep, The Crowded Hour brings fresh insight and a modern sensibility to this classic episode of American history."
--Hampton Sides, author of Blood and Thunder and On Desperate Ground
"Fast-paced, carefully researched...Risen is a gifted storyteller who brings context to the chaos of war. The Crowded Hour feels like the best type of war reporting -- told with a clarity that takes nothing away from the horrors of the battlefield."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Risen clears much of the battlefield smoke to reveal the conditions, events and characters that culminated in TR's supposed charge up San Juan Hill...eminently readable...That TR's men are famous as much for what they symbolize as for what they did makes them no less fascinating to read about."
--The Wall Street Journal

"Let the author and historian Clay Risen (who also writes eloquently on bourbon and rye), be your guide to a fascinating and sometimes forgotten part of American history--when Theodore Roosevelt led the volunteer cavalry unit called the Rough Riders in the Spanish-American War and marked a turning point for the country and for the future president."
--Garden and Gun, Best New Books for June 2019

"In his new book, The Crowded Hour, Clay Risen makes a strong case for the proposition that the Spanish-American War of 1898 was American foreign policy's tipping point for what followed in the 20th and early 21st centuries, with Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders as the change agents ... For those who enjoy stories of bona-fide patriotism, valor, and sacrifice, The Crowded Hour fits the bill."
--Washington Independent Review of Books

"A lively exploration of how 'intervene first, ask questions later' became America's foreign policy...Drawing on letters, archival sources, and abundant newspaper articles--many from on-site journalists including Richard Harding Davis, Stephen Crane, and Frank Norris--Risen, deputy op-ed editor at the New York Times, offers a penetrating history of the 'half-baked, poorly executed, unnecessary conflict from which the U.S., nevertheless, emerged victorious... A revelatory history of America's grasp for power."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred

"Risen's lively and extensively researched social history illuminates a transformative moment in America's past."
--Publishers Weekly