Gen. Leonard Wood's meteoric career was no fluke. The ambitious Wood (1860-1927), serving as an army physician, strategically took on tasks and assignments that led him from the pursuit of Geronimo in the deserts of the Southwest (for which he won the Medal of Honor) to chief of staff of the U.S. Army and almost to the presidency of the United States. During his rise to high office, the darker side of Wood's personality became legend. Able administrator and sincere patriot, Wood, together with friend Theodore Roosevelt, organized the famous "Rough Riders" during the Spanish-American War. Unfortunately, Wood possessed a consuming and obsessive ambition, as well as the willingness to advance his own interests over the ruin of others and in the face of political disapproval. Despite personal rivalries and feuds, Wood earned national prominence with his successes as a colonial administrator in Cuba and the Philippines, yet he was denied the two things he wanted most: an active role in the fighting of World War I and the presidency of the United States.
Armed Progressive, a critical study of Wood's quest for power and his tremendous achievements, helps us to understand this pivotal figure who played such a dominant role at the turn of the century. Jack C. Lane provides historical insight and political assessment and captures the essence of this capable, ambitious, proud, bigoted, and self-righteous man.
Jack C. Lane is Alexander W. Weddell Professor Emeritus of American History at Rollins College.
Illustrations; Maps; Acknowledgments Introduction; Chapter 1: Duty on the Frontier; Chapter 2: A Decade of Post Life; Chapter 3: The Rough Rider; Chapter 4: Combat Commander; Chapter 5: Governor of Santiago de Cuba; Chapter 6 Governor of Santiago Province; Chapter 7: Military Governor of Cuba: Reform; Chapter 8: Military Governor of Cuba: Shaping the New Empire; Chapter 9: Governor of Moro Province; Chapter 10: Defending America's New Empire in the Far East: Commander of the Philippine Division; Chapter 11: Making of an Armed Progressive; Chapter 12: Chief of Staff: Struggle for Supremacy; Chapter 13: Chief of Staff: Struggle for Reform; Chapter 14: Apostle of Preparedness: The Struggle; Chapter 15: Apostle for Preparedness: A Pyrrhic Victory; Chapter 16: The General and the President; Chapter 17: The General and the Military Professionals; Chapter 18: Man on Horseback, American Style: The Issues; Chapter 19: Man on Horseback, American Style: The Campaign; Chapter 20: The Wood-Forbes Mission: Reassessing American Philippine Policy; Chapter 21: Governor-General of the Philippines: Redefining American Policy; Chapter 22: Governor-General of the Philippines: The Last Battle Notes; Bibliography; Index
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