Houston Matters

Books Recounts The History Of The Rough Riders And Their Legacy Today

Writer Clay Risen discusses his book, The Crowded Hour.

Theodore Roosevelt leading the Rough Riders unit during the Spanish American War.


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In his new book, The Crowded Hour, author Clay Risen writes about Teddy Roosevelt, the Rough Riders, and wider implications of the Spanish American War as America's historic urge to insinuate itself into international conflicts under the guise of a moral obligation.

Much of the story takes place in Texas. And in the audio above, Risen tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty about the history of the Rough Riders, how they changed American thinking about war and conflict, and how their political and military legacy can still be seen in America today.

Risen will hold an event at Brazos Bookstore on Wednesday, June 5, at 7 p.m.