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MUCH has been published on the brief but interesting and very important war of 1898 between the United States and Spain; but practically everything that has appeared belongs to one of two classes. On the one hand, there are the narratives of sailors, soldiers, and correspondents who took part in it, and who describe what they saw. These books are not history, though many of them are excellent material for history. On the other hand, there are records of a more general character, most of which are hasty compilations of little value. The contemporary accounts of the war were very inaccurate and imperfect; it was not until some time later that there was a sufficient body of trustworthy evidence to make it possible to write anything like a real history.
For the present volume it is claimed that it is based upon a study of all the available first-hand evidence. On the American side there is a great
quantity of this in the shape of the copious reports