A WELL WRITTEN BIOGRAPHY OF A COMPLEX AND INTERESTING MAN
Mar 18, 2007
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 and very well foot noted with many references, something I always appreciate in any biography. I was gratified to note that the author was careful to point out that Roosevelt was indeed a man and product of his time in many ways. His thoughts, actions and attitudes were molded by those time, his social place in society, and general public opinion. We so often now condemn what is not politically correct by our own times and with the advantage of looking at things from a historical point of view, forgetting that political correctness is dictated by times and events and prevailing attitudes of the time being examined, and not through the eyes of history. It is quite likely that much of what we espouse today will seem incorrect, naïve, and indeed silly, one hundred years from now. After reading this volume and the author's next, Theodore Rex, it is easy to see why that while Theodore Roosevelt may not have been the greatest president of all times, he was certainly one of the most complex and most interesting. This makes for an interesting story and biography and the author here has certainly given us one. Now I will admit that perhaps the author did not give us a lot of "new" information concerning the life and times of Teddy, but he certainly presented those known facts is a very readable fashion, a fashion which is quite enjoyable. Recommend this one highly.
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 … 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
Retirement does not suit me and I now substitute teach in our local schools system. I spent twenty years in the military, twenty years in health care as a consultant and have taught in various colleges … more
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?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