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The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

1 rating: 5.0
A book by Edmund Morris

Everything that, in time, made TR an irresistible force - the curiosity and concentration, the energy, the ardor, the dramatic flair - vitalizes this hugely detailed, over-long (700 pp), and rather florid account of his life up to the presidency. But … see full wiki

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Author: Edmund Morris
Publisher: Ballantine Books
1 review about The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

As Theodore Roosevelt would have said it: "Dee-lightful!"

  • Jan 19, 2000
Rating:
+5
This is a supurb researched biography of one of the most colorful, revered presidents of the 20th century. For anyone who has unfortunately grown cynical and tired of the political and social cliched diatribe of today's political figures and political system, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt will change all that and bring forth a new appreciation for what man and woman can achieve in government when they have conviction, determination and plain old guts. What makes this book so appealing is that it focuses not on TR's presidency, but rather it explores TR's youth, family upbringing and hobbies as well as his formative years with the famed Rough Riders... It also delves into the tragedies that he incurred on his path to presidential greatness, i.e. the death of his first wife and mother on the same day of two different causes. Morris does a splendid job detailing TR's time with Tammany Hall and Harvard, his joy of writing and literature as well as athletics. The language that Mr. Morris uses is immediate, personal and inviting, giving off a permeating aura that TR is looming over the reader's shoulder. Whenever I have failed with something and don't believe that I can rise from it, I think of TR and say to myself: "If TR can do it, so can I."

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