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
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 … more
“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.