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Captain Macklin: His Memoirs
by Richard Harding Davis
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1906. Davis was an American journalist and novelist who covered wars all over the world. His vivid accounts made him one of the leading reporters of his day. Captain Macklin begins: It may seem presumptuous that so young a man as myself should propose to write his life and memoirs, for, as a rule, one waits until he has accomplished something in the world, or until he has reached old age, before he ventures to tell of the times in which he has lived, and of his part in them. But the profession to which I belong, which is that of a soldier, and which is the noblest profession a man can follow, is a hazardous one, and were I to delay until tomorrow to write down what I have seen and done, these memoirs might never be written, for, such being the fortune of war, tomorrow might not come. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.
About the Author
Richard Harding Davis (1864-1916), was an American writer and journalist, born in Philadelphia, and educated at Lehigh and Johns Hopkins universities. He began as a reporter in Philadelphia. In 1890 he was managing editor of Harper's Weekly. He served as war correspondent for the London Times and the New York Herald during the Greco-Turkish (1897), Spanish-American (1898), South African (1899-1902) and Russo-Japanese (1904-5) wars; and he represented the New York Tribune in Mexico in 1914. During World War I he was correspondent with the French and British armies in Serbia. Among his most popular writings are Gallegher and Other Stories (1891), Soldiers of Fortune (1897), The Bar Sinister (1903), The Man Who Could Not Lose (1911); the plays Ranson's Folly (1904), The Dictator (1904), and Miss Civilization (1906); and many travel books. "He was as good an American as ever lived and his heart flamed against cruelty and injustice. His writings form a text-book of Americanism which all our people would do well to read at the present time."
Theodore Roosevelt (Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) was the 26th President of the United States. A hero of the Spanish-Amereican War, he served as governor of New York (1899-1900) and U.S. Vice President (1901) under William McKinley. He won the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize for his mediation in the Russo-Japanese War.)
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