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Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life | [Kathleen Dalton]

Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life

Esteemed Harvard University historian and Associate Fellow Kathleen Dalton has been studying Theodore Roosevelt since 1975. This authoritative work, incorporating the latest scholarship, paints a compelling portrait of the president in all his robust glory.
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Publisher's Summary

Esteemed Harvard University historian and Associate Fellow Kathleen Dalton has been studying Theodore Roosevelt since 1975. This authoritative work, incorporating the latest scholarship, paints a compelling portrait of the president in all his robust glory. Transforming from his early days as a sickly and fearful boy to his adulthood as an adventurous and perpetually active man, Roosevelt sought to engage life at its utmost. As president, he was popular and renowned as a man of the people; the fascinating story of the progression of his political outlook is charted in this rewarding book.

©2002 Kathleen Dalton; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Dalton admirably captured the vitality, insatiable curiosity, and passion that made Roosevelt such a compelling figure, both for his contemporaries and for historians." (Booklist)

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    Uri San Diego, CA, USA 11-09-06
    Uri San Diego, CA, USA 11-09-06
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    "Informative, entertaining and well read"

    I was hesitant of getting such a long audiobook.

    With the exception of the first 3 or so hours, which discusses TR's childhood with unnecessary detail, the book is extraordinary. Covering his personal and professional life, his internal contradiction, and his bigger than life persona.

    I am amazed that after 20+ hours I do not dread listening to the reader, she is very good.

    If you are interested in learning about arguably the most interesting president of the USA, I would think this book is as good as any and it is very pleasently read.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Appleton, WI, USA 06-29-09
    Tim Appleton, WI, USA 06-29-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Beating Teddy with his Big Stick"

    This psychological biography is so fraught with unsubstantiated speculation and mischaracterization that I had to give up before the end of his second presidential term. The author consistently analyzes Roosevelt's actions and intentions without regard to their historical context.

    I am no Roosevelt scholar, but I have read several other biographies and Dalton is so transparent in her determination to judge TR by current standards rather than by those of his own time that it renders her commentary incredible.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    William R. Creech Bainbridge Island, WA United States 10-18-05
    William R. Creech Bainbridge Island, WA United States 10-18-05 Member Since 2001
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    "Excellent Biography"

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys biography. I was constantly entertained and learned more than a bit of history. The author emphasized Roosevelt the man (his ideas and family life) rather than trying to detail every moment of this public life.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip GRANT, AL, United States 03-11-09
    Phillip GRANT, AL, United States 03-11-09 Member Since 2008
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    "TR"

    Superbly written and outstanding narration, probably my favorite audiobook yet. This biography was comprehensive but without the insignificant details that I think detract from many biographies. It really brought the character and life of Roosevelt to life and I learned a lot from it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Arkansas 08-04-09
    Amazon Customer Arkansas 08-04-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Scholarly read"

    I would recommend to anyone interested in the life of TR, history between the civil war and WWI, or the Roosevelt family. I think it a little dry for a casual read. There is little of the TR humor and the shear drama is understated. Well researched and scholarly. I thought it a well balanced presentation.

    Suzanne Toren does a wonderful job narrating. I have to say that this one begs for a male voice. I know the author is a woman; TR was an ardent supporter of suffrage, just saying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jayna Yukon, OK, USA 07-14-08
    Jayna Yukon, OK, USA 07-14-08
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    "Entertaining"

    As a history lover, I found this entertaining and ensightful. Narration is good, and author seems to have tried to show both sides of this enigmatic and "bully" man.
    A Good listen I think.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine D. Kirchen New York, NY 03-30-12
    Elaine D. Kirchen New York, NY 03-30-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Excellent in every way."
    Where does Theodore Roosevelt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Extraordinarily good narration of a fascinating book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well written in an interesting manner.


    Which character – as performed by Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

    Theodore Roosevelt


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A Stressful Life


    Any additional comments?

    Very well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melody hollywood, SC, USA 02-16-06
    Melody hollywood, SC, USA 02-16-06 Member Since 2004
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    "average"

    Although TR is one of my favorites, the narrator was hard to take for such a long bio. But the content was very good.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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