Making my way through all the US President a biography at a time.
This book covers his birth (family history) up to the Vice Presidency. The author weaves together the many adventures - an apt term for a character like TR - that give you an amazing sense of the man. Well drawn together references and reading between the lines of sources like his biography give readers the insight/analysis they'd expect in dedicated themselves to a multi-volume series of this size.
This is a Presidential Biography of the calibre of Ron Chernow's Washington: A Life.
The rendition by the narrator has some much body that you'll come to feel his TR voice is the real thing. The delivery is dramatic but not acting - it keeps to the feel of a book rather than going towards a performance (which is something I don't like).
I was extremely pleased with the story and performance. My favorite parts were all the stories of his travels especially to the Wild West. Roosevelt is definitely one of my favorite characters in history
There will never be anyone like Theodore Roosevelt again. The combination of honor, bravery, scholarship and pure pride in being an American never occurred to this extent before he came along and can't be duplicated or even approached. Morris' book is enthralling and makes this reader long to go back in time to shake TR's hand. Deakins' reading is fine.
This thorough, thoughtful, well rounded biography would have surely earned a shout of "bully" from Roosevelt himself! A fascinating book about one of the greatest characters of the American milieu.
Morris captured the life and character of Roosevelt perfectly. The deep look into what shaped the greatest President of the 20th Century into the "bull moose" is absolutely essential for anyone interested.
The performance is remarkable. The reader's impression of TR is astounding! Highly recommended.