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."
This particular volume of Edmund Morris's two volume work, covers the life of Theodore Roosevelt from birth until he becomes president after assignation of William McKinley. I must admit to being one of those that found this biography to be very informative, easy to read, well organized and simply fun. I feel that Morris has given us a very clear view of the young Theodore and wonderful insight into just what went into the make up of this most interesting of presidents. The book is quite detailed … more
The book depicts a man who towered over the people and events of his time. President Roosevelt was the youngest person to ever occupy the White House at age 42. He was a naturalist, author, rancher, soldier and politician. The work provides a picture and the reception at the White House on 1-1-1907. The national wealth grew by over $5B/year over the two-term presidency of Roosevelt. The former president had an irrational … more
It's hard to imagine a figure like the Theodore Roosevelt as presented by Edmund Morris popping up in a work of fiction. "Too farfetched," some editor would say, and with reason. Here you have wrapped in one skin a bona fide war hero, a writer of popular histories, a legislator, a cowboy, a police commissioner, a governor, and a navy assistant secretary who goes on to become the nation's youngest president. TR, as he is called (never "Teddy" to his face unless you were related), … more
?Magnificent . . . a sweeping narrative of the outward man and a shrewd examination of his character. . . . It is one of those rare works that is both definitive for the period it covers and fascinating to read for sheer entertainment. There should be a queue awaiting the next volume.? -W. A. Swanberg,The New York Times Book Review
?Theodore Roosevelt, in this meticulously researched and beautifully written biography, has a claim on being the most interesting man ever to be President of this country.? -Robert Kirsch,Los Angeles Times Book Review
?Spectacles glittering, teeth and temper flashing, high-pitched voice rasping and crackling, Roosevelt surges out of these pages with the force of a physical presence.? -The Atlantic Monthly
?Morris?s book is beautifully written as well as thoroughly scholarly-clearly a masterpiece of American biography. . . . Hundreds of thousands will soon be reading this book . . . and will look forward, as I do, to Morris?s second volume.? -Kenneth S. Davis,Worcester Sunday Telegram--Review