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Our Book Recommendations


The Spanish American War Centennial Website is periodically asked about recommendations for various publications concerning the war. We do have some favorites for basic readers on the war. These recommendations are listed below. As a service to our readers, if you click on one of the titles (in red) you will be taken to that book on Amazon.com  Many of these are out of print but can still be purchased through Amazon.com
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Cohen, Stan. Images of Spanish American War, April-August,1998.  (Missoula:Pictorial Histories Publishing Co., Inc., 1997).
[This book has many great illustrations, photos, and tidbits on the war. Great book for just picking up and reading a bit here and there. Its text is not a comprehensive history of the war, however]
Blow, Michael, A Ship to Remember. (New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1992).

[A good book on the sinking of the battleship MAINE, and is suportive of the coal bunker fire theory. Well written. It also provides a good account of the war itself]

Edwards, John, Crucible of Empire (1stBooks.com)
[One of the few modern fictional stories about the war. Buy it and help save the OLYMPIA by clicking here]

Field, Ron, Spanish-American War 1898. (Washington: Brasseys Inc., 1998).

[A good source for information on uniforms of the Spanish American War era ]

Jeffers, H. Paul, Colonel Roosevelt: Theodore Roosevelt Goes to War, 1897-1898. (New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1996).

[A good readable book on Roosevelt in the war]

McCullough, David, Mornings on Horseback. (New York: Simon and Schuster, Inc., 1981).

[This excellently written work is a great book to read before or after Roosevelt's The Rough Riders. The book helps readers understand the man, and what made him into what he was].

Nofi, Albert A., The Spanish-American War, 1898. (Conshohocken, PA: Combined Books, 1996).

[This is a very good, readable basic history of the war]

Roosevelt, Theodore, The Rough Riders. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1920)(the link is for a modern paperback reprint).
[This book is a must for anyone on the war. Not only does the reader get a very readable first-hand account, they get insight into the mind of a man who became one of the heroes of the war and a leader of the nation]
Samuels, Peggy and Harold, Remembering the Maine. (Washington: The Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995).

[Another good book on the sinking of the battleship MAINE, and is suportive of the mine theory ]


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