This biography covers TR from the day he was born to the day he became president. Though I would have prefered an unabridged version, this was so completely enjoyable, informative, and well-read, that I immediately downloaded Theodore Rex to continue the story (and besides, at almost 9 hours, I'm not sure how much abridging was actually done).
The book is largely a series of anecdotes supplemented with commentary from Roosevelt's own letters and those of his contemporaries. It is not a reflection of historians on Roosevelt's impact on either his own time or the past century. The anecdotes show such a consistency of ambition and character throughout his life, that after a while it is almost like hearing news of an old friend ("yeah, that sounds like Teddy, all right"). This is part of the charm of the book and keeps it interesting even though, as one of the most famous figures in American history, much of the overall story is already known to many.
I finished The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt this morning, it's the first of three books about President Roosevelt by Edmund Morris. This book follows the life of Roosevelt from the day he is born to the last telegram sent by Secretary of State John Hay informing him President McKinley died from his wounds received from an anarchist in Buffalo, New York. The sheer amount of what he accomplished in his first 42 years before he became President is quite amazing, an accomplished writer, ranch owner/cowboy, State Rep., Civil Service Commissioner, New York City Police Commissioner, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, leading the Rough Riders up Kettle Hill and then to San Juan Hill, Governor of New York, and finally the Vice-Presidency. He was the first politician that truly used the bully pulpit and a strong relationship with the press to further his agenda. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the trilogy.
Heartbreaking, Aggressive, Impressive
Hmmm, none really come to mind.
First time listening to Harry Chase... Great job - Really tried to get the essence of TR, and sometimes overshot, but solid overall
Oh yeah, the moment that Theodore Roosevelt lost his Mom and his beloved wife within hours of each other... It broke my heart... Never knew that...
I really enjoyed this book...I gained a lot of knowledge of, and respect for TR, but I also realized that even tho he was a great man and president, if he existed in 2014, he would be crucified by public opinion. Altho maybe if he existed today, public opinion wouldn't matter as much as it does....
This is one of the best books on Theodore Roosevelt I have read. It is deep yet surprisingly un-complicated.
Succinct, yet detailed. This book tells the life of Theodore Roosevelt through the events that created him. From his boyhood and adolescence to his time driving cattle in the badlands and storming San Juan Hill, up to the point where he becomes President.
The biography is a tale of Roosevelt's life. It gives great insights, but is always positive about Roosevelt. Critical notes are not te be found/heard. That makes it a bit one-dimensional and unbalanced.
Only if it is on a person or subject I know nothing about. That would make a good starting point of a discovery.But otherwise, no.
It is a good performance. His impersonation of Roosevelts voice is funny.
I thought the book investigated some of the close relationships that were pivotal in Teddy's early life. The book ends before he becomes president, and I will have to find another book that examines his presidency. I was interested in how he came to be an outdoorsman and how he developed his views about public lands in the west. Certainly his views were unusual considering he was part of the wealthy elite.
His childhood and relationships with women; his outdoor adventures in Maine and the west.