Cast In Deathless Bronze: Andrew Rowan, The Spanish-american War, And The Origins Of American Empire by Donald Tunnicliff RiceCast In Deathless Bronze: Andrew Rowan, The Spanish-american War, And The Origins Of American Empire by Donald Tunnicliff Rice

Cast In Deathless Bronze: Andrew Rowan, The Spanish-american War, And The Origins Of American Empire

byDonald Tunnicliff Rice

Paperback | December 1, 2016

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In 1898, when war with Spain seemed inevitable, Andrew Summers Rowan, an American army lieutenant from West Virginia, was sent on a secret mission to Cuba. He was to meet with General Calixto García, a leader of the Cuban rebels, in order to gather information for a U.S. invasion. Months later, after the war was fought and won, a flamboyant entrepreneur named Elbert Hubbard wrote an account of Rowan’s mission titled “A Message to García.” It sold millions of copies, and Rowan became the equivalent of a modern-day rock star. His fame resulted in hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles, radio shows, and two movies. Even today he is held up as an exemplar of bravery and loyalty. The problem is that nothing Hubbard wrote about Rowan was true.
 
Donald Tunnicliff Rice reveals the facts behind the story of “A Message to García” while using Rowan’s biography as a window into the history of the Spanish-American War, the Philippine War, and the Moro Rebellion. The result is a compellingly written narrative containing many details never before published in any form, and also an accessible perspective on American diplomatic and military history in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
 
Donald Tunnicliff Rice is the author of The Agitator and How to Publish Your Own Magazine, and the winner of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Achievement Award. He has been employed as a history textbook writer, technical editor, and advertising copywriter. His writings have appeared in periodicals ranging from the New York Times to the...
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Title:Cast In Deathless Bronze: Andrew Rowan, The Spanish-american War, And The Origins Of American EmpireFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:December 1, 2016Publisher:West Virginia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1943665435

ISBN - 13:9781943665433

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“Cast in Deathless Bronze is well worth reading. Rowan's story not only intersects with West Virginia history, but it reconstructs early military efforts at intelligence-gathering, reveals the many aspects—the tedious and lonely, the fulfilling and frustrating—of military life on the late nineteenth-century western frontier and in Cuba and the Philippines, and illustrates effectively the way history is often twisted into a myth that overwhelms both the actions of its original participants and truth itself.”West Virginia History