This book competes the trilogy begun with 1979's "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt", and continued with "Theodore Rex", both of which I have read (although I find it difficult to believe that it has been 32 years since I read the first book!).
In this well-written book we learn of the life of Theodore Roosevelt after the end of his presidency. There is the African safari, the third party quest for the presidency in 1912, the trip to Arizona, the almost fatal exploration of the River of Doubt, and the shrill calls for American intervention in the European war that was raging. There are also many scenes of domesticity, and Roosevelt's interaction with family and friends, and particularly his four sons, each of whom he encouraged to join the military and fight, with tragic results.
We read of the two libel suits in which he was involved, and his feuds with those he perceived to be not in agreement with his ideas and policies, particularly Woodrow Wilson. It's a long book I grant, but always an interesting one. This is not your typical summer beach reading (largely because of its size and weight), but wherever you read it, I feel sure that you will enjoy it as much as I did, and you will also learn many more things about TR, both good and bad, that you probably never knew before.
With this volume, Morris closes his three-volume life of Teddy Roosevelt with a finality that will certainly enable it to endure as the standard general biography of TR for the next century. I was struck while reading this volume (see my review of the central volume Theodore Rex, which covered the Presidential years) of how much like Churchill Roosevelt was--dyanimic of body and personality, strongly divisive in political allies and enemies, alternately adored and … more
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“Now withColonel Roosevelt,” announced theNew York Times, “the magnum opus is complete.” Morris’s balanced examination of the final years of Roosevelt’s life highlights the slow but inexorable waning of his political and, ultimately, physical power. Equally adept at political explication and recounting adventure tales, Morris injects new life, and even suspense, into some familiar stories with his wry, minimalist prose—perfectly suited to his subject’s volatile personality—and an abundance of rich detail grounded in meticulous research. Although theWall Street Journaltook issue with Morris’s political analysis, that critic still consideredColonel Roosevelta poignant and factual account of the 26th President’s post–White House years. A tour de force befitting its seismic subject,Colonel Rooseveltbrings this extraordinary trilogy to a triumphant end.