Meant for Audio!!! I'm not sure if I would have attempted this book in print, but I was addicted to the audiobook!
I don't have the words to describe the experience of listening to this audiobook. It is a true masterpiece of Historic Nonfiction.
Yes, it's compelling, amazingly well-researched, well-written, interesting and very important. The book has won many awards, no surprise there! It is a remarkable work.
Don't let that scare you away!
This great forgotten piece of history is accessible and tremendously interesting.
Initially, I had no particular interest in the topic. I have read/listened River of Doubt by Candice Millard. It is the brilliantly written story of Teddy Roosevelt's unbelievably dangerous and semi-suicidal trip through unknown lands of the Amazon. The trip actually takes place after the events in this book. I was more than impressed with Roosevelt after that story. That was my only real frame of reference, besides the story that goes around about Taft becoming so corpulent that he became stuck in a bathtub.
A whole world was opened for me through The Bully Pulpit. These men and their wives and friends became three dimensional. I felt the entire range of human emotion listening to this book. Why doesn't history get taught like this in school??
This topic turned out to be far more essential and important than I could have realized. I think it is a book everyone should read (listen to actually) because it tells of a pivotal time in American History. These were the last decades of America as a fledgling country. As this book ends, and through the actions of the very characters if this book, America begins a new chapter as an emerging superpower.
This is also the story of a friendship that guides the country. Ultimately that friendship will turn into something ugly and sad. It will change the career and lives of Taft and Roosevelt forever.
I was actually a little bit lost when I finished this mammoth audiobook. I had a hard time finding anything to hold my interest, much less anything up to the standard of this writing. I hope to see much more from this author in the future!!!
I was a little hesitant about listening to a nonfiction historical biography, but Alison Weir is a favorite historian/author of mine.
She delivered with this masterpiece!
Simon Prebble delivered a perfect performance, I am not always a big fan of Simon Prebble, but he really is excellent in this narration.
I have read/listened to every other Henry VIII book in Audible, both fiction and historical fiction.
I found this book to contain many things I had yet to read. The author seems more favorable toward Henry than other biographers, and it was refreshing to see another point of view.
This is ABSOLUTELY not written at children's level. I don't understand why anyone would say that. (*Before I read this book, I also read GJ Meyers Tudors biography. It is very detailed and well written, but that author has an extreme bias and offers scant, often unreliable evidence to prove a point. For example, the Meyers quotes letters written by courtly ambassadors to enemy countries and other statements made by individuals who have clear self-serving agendas, when proving a point.)
If it's a subject I'm interested in, I never take one authors conclusions or ideas too seriously. I will read many biographies on the same subject, and make up my mind for myself. There are many sides to each story, exponentially more when writing about someone's life!
I wasn't a fan of Carolly Erickson's historical fiction, which is why I waited to get this book. But I've recently purchased 3 of Erickson's histories, and each is really interesting and well written.
I have to disagree with reviews that complain this is dry material. If these subjects are interesting to you, then there is nothing dry about Erickson's writing. Then again, if you want the Tudors like you'll find on Showtime, check out Historical Fiction. Margaret George's Autobiography of Henry VIII is exceptional.
As histories are concerned, I think this is a great book to add to all Tudor collections!