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.
The reader was a bit theatric for this work and although the writing was fairly good it felt as though the author was cheerleader for TR as opposed to an arbitor of the the factual accounts of Roosevelt's life
Compelling while also at times an almost boyish telling of a great American life that has been writ large in our folklore, Morriss choice of language can be forgiven its absolutes in light of Roosevelts own views, manner of living and society of the time. This thoroughly engaging romp appears a fictitious adventure tale yet hinges on the letters and other written history of the day. This scholarship and fun lends real delight in the listen. The wonderful reading at times overwhelms the imagination with a red faced, be-speckled dude shrilling loudly through clenched teeth at the corrupt status quo or standing face to face with a roaring, charging grizzly in Montana. There is subtle poignancy in the telling of the racist views presented in Roosevelts classic work The Winning of the West that keep Morriss narration from bogging down in our withering modern judgment of 1880s American Manifest Destiny. The terrible tragedies that smote Teddy in his early years as well as his almost futile yet fulfilled grasp at experiences of the disappearing West and romanticized warfare prove irresistible in this rendition of a life worth knowing 100 years later. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!!
Excellent. This book is far superior to Theodore Rex. The narrator does a terrific job. The audio book is fast paced and very interesting. I definitely recommend it.
This is a great overview into TR´s early years. You read about his overachiving attitude and his dedicated pursuit of excelence in everything he did.
Can be a bit slow at times, but overall, it is worth the read.
I did find out some interesting things, but it was abit boring and long in some places.