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The Spanish-American War

The most influential memoir of the Spanish-American War (1898–1899) is Theodore Roosevelt's The Rough Riders (1899). There are only a few others, among them George Kennan's Campaigning in Cuba (1899); John Bigelow's Reminiscences of the Santiago Campaign (1899); George A. Andrews's A Soldier in Two Armies (1901); Ralph Delahaye Paine's Roads of Adventure (1922); and Charles Johnson Post's The Little War of Private Post (1960). Even fewer books emerged from the Philippine Insurrection (1899–1902), although the historian A. B. Feuer has collected and published many valuable accounts in America at War: The Philippines, 1898–1913.

World War I

Not until World War I did the war memoir written from the common soldier's or junior officer's perspective become a major literary genre in the United States. This is attributable to the nature of the war itself, which, unlike any previous conflict, involved entire populations; to the growing literacy of those populations; and to...

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