TR's speed of thought and action, and his total command of all aspects of presidential leadership, from bureaucratic subterfuge to manipulation of the press, make him all but invincible in 1904, when he wins a second term by a historic landslide. Surprisingly, this victory transforms him from a patrician conservative to a progressive, responsible between 1905 and 1908 for a raft of enlightened legislation.
Interspersed with many stories of Rooseveltian triumphs are some bitter episodes - notably a devastating lynching - that remind us of America's deep prejudices and fears. Theodore Rex does not attempt to justify TR's notorious action following the Brownsville Incident of 1906 - his worst mistake as president - but neither does this resolutely honest biography indulge in the easy wisdom of hindsight. It is written throughout in real time, reflecting the world as TR saw it. By the final chapter, as the great "Teddy" prepares to quit the White House, it will be a hard-hearted listener who does not share the sentiment of Henry Adams: "The old house will seem dull and sad when my Theodore has gone."
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"Impeccably researched and beautifully composed, a dazzling portrait of the man....A book that is every bit as complex, engaging, and invigorating as the vibrant president it depicts." (Publishers Weekly)
Nice follow up.
The highly anticipated sequel to The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt.
I recommend this book, but suggest reading The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt first.
It definitely gives a detailed summary of TR's time as president.
I think I liked his previous book more.
There were way too many repeated sentences, suggesting two takes that were left in. Needs another listen from an editor.
The book is a follow up to The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. I so enjoyed the first book, I opted for the unabridged version of the second. However, the narrator has a grating quality in his voice, as though he has a sore throat. I'm not certain I could listen to it for 24 hours.
I feel that an audio edition of this book suits me better as I tend to leave a book more often. It is easier for me to listen while I am doing other activities at the same time. It is hard for me to find the time to just read. This is one that is easy to listen to as it is written in a style that is conversational.
The Education of Henry Adams it was conversational also
He was very likable in his manner
His 1st year as an unexpected President. How he flexed his political muscle to accomplish his objectives
First, you will be repelled by the narrator's strange cadence. Then, you will note that phrases in German, French, and Latin are left untranslated. FInally, you will realize that Morris is more interested in writing prose than history.
For the writing, I give this book a 4. I really enjoy Morris' style. This wasn't as utterly captivating as "Rise of TR", but perhaps that is because the subject matter (dull legislative and domestic policy) isn't that entertaining.
For the narration, this book gets a 2. I did not enjoy the narrator's style. I agree with other reviews - the long pauses were odd, and Marosz makes no effort to distinguish narration and dialog. I enjoyed Deakins much more, and I'm looking forward to the final book in the series in which Deakins returns to narrate.
Furthermore, there are glitches in the recording, manifested in random sentences being being repeated once. This happened probably about 50 times. It was slightly annoying.
I'd give this a 5 if the reader was the same one as in the other two books of this series. As a midwesterner I find the Haaavaard Yaard pronounciation aggravating but could probably put up with it if there was some feeling in the reading. It is very difficult at times to tell if you are listenng to conversation or description of setting. In addition, periodically there will be half a sentence, a pause, then the sentence is repeated and the narration will continue. Rather like the skips that you used to experience wih vinyl records.
Teddy Roosevelt was like so many of our Presidents, they do not allow the Constitution to get in the way of what they want to do. He did a lot of good but was a socialist at heart. He was a larger than life person and lived an extraordinary life. The story was well researched and adequately read. I am now off to finish the trilogy.
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The guy reading sounds like a pirate. I'm not sure why they didn't keep the same reader for all three books (the other guy is phenomenal) but that is my only complaint with this one.
Extremely well written and narrated, this is a detailed account of TR during his presidential years only. None of the more interesting formative years. Look elsewhere for a complete biography.
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