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)
Love the research and writing as well as how it is read. Recommend reading The Rise Of Theodore Roosevelt (Audible version is abridged) first to broaden understanding of this amazing man. Appropriate for all ages but his life is a great example for young people on how to live life to its fullest.
I enjoyed this book, which is no surprise given how much I loved Morris's excellent The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. I can't say, however, that I enjoyed it to the same extent. While Teddy's time in the White House was interesting, occasionally exciting, and often inspiring, I found the political maneuvering and technical policy details significantly less compelling than the personal journey to power laid out in Rise. And although I should attribute this complaint to history rather than Morris, I found Teddy himself less relatable and human in this entry. I don't fault Morris for these issues; he has done a masterful job of pulling together a veritable mountain of historical sources into an entertaining whole. Even so, I can't say I was affected by Rex in the same way I was by Rise.
One final note: The narrator's complete unwillingness to use accents or vary his voice seriously detracted from my enjoyment of the book. His monotone never changes, and that becomes a major problem in a book more than 20 hours long. Also, the narrator's irritating habit of drawing out the end of words into a long, strange, raspy sort of growl forced me to listen at 1.4 speed to avoid frustration. I will not purchase another book narrated by this man.
the book was very good from a historical standpoint. However it was hard to make it through some chapters because of the amount of detail included. No doubt the author did his research. it was just not as fun as the first book to listen to.
Save God's Creation
Theodore Rex ranks as possibly the 4th most audiobook that I like. The rapid-fire delivery by the narrator gives this story a newscast-like voice, as in an interesting documentary. After reading the obligatory TR books featuring his early health issues, his transformation in the West and his rise within the party, I found the nut & bolts content of Theodore Rex very refreshing indeed. Admittedly due to my lack of homework I was surprised to learn that TR had a tough time getting his program through Congress. Previously my impression was that TR was bulletproof: his cause was just and his mind was pure. And finally, because of Theodore Rex I now know the rest of the story about origins of the teddy bear.
Elihu Root. Secretary Root seems to have been the kind of person we'd all like to have as a mentor and leveling agent.
For me the author brought to life the the basic day to day conflicts of a guy who was just one of us while still performing the deeds which made him a legend.
I'd be tempted if only because of the narrator's style. But This is one of those books which requires some quiet assimilation time after 4 or 5 chapters.
The book itself was well written and informative. The audio editing was almost non existent. I lost count how many times a paragraph was repeated. Although the narrator has a wonderful voice he doesn't change cadence enough to convey the full meaning which then made the repeating paragraphs almost fit and therefore all the more confusing. I doubt that the audio engineer listened to any chapters twice.
Let me be clear. Edmund Morris is a fantastic author, and I thoroughly enjoy his retelling of the story of Theodore Roosevelt. He is an excellent researcher and writer. The problem is that Jonathan Marosz is the narrator of this book. WHAT A HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT. Mark Deakins, who narrates the other two volumes in this triology (The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt and Colonel Roosevelt), is FANTASTIC. Why in the world did Deakins not do this second volume? Marosz muffs it terribly. Had I realized how bad Marosz would be--with his subterranean bass voice and his emphasis on the wrong words and his inability even to get into character to capture the high pitched squeals of Teddy--I would have purchased the print volume and just read it quietly in peace and enjoyment. As it is, I am stuck with hearing Marosz for 25 hours and 50 minutes! I can't wait until I done with this second volume so I can move on to volume 3 with Deakins. This is sad because this second volume covers the presidency and is arguably the most important volume of the three. So, dear reader, you have been warned. :)
Edmund Morris's retelling is brilliant, even if the narrator Jonathan Marosz is not.
MARK DEAKINS of course! Who else? Why on earth did Deakins not do all three for crying out loud?! :)
Unsure- havent read print verison
Yes- very detailed story of his life
Eric Dove, Lou Diamond Phillips, RC bray, or Mark Deakins - Mr Marosz needs more inflections to tell quotes, discussions, etc from narration. - not sure if him or the book production but it seems as if several paragraphs are repeated back to back. Almost seems like my player is on 30sec loop but it is not.
The story of the leader of a rising nation during the turn of the 20th century
It seems as if several paragraphs are repeated back to back. Almost seems like my player is on 30sec loop but it is not.
I rather enjoy Edmund Morris's writing, Jonathan Marosz however, makes Ben Stein sound like Henry Rollins.
The story of President Roosevelt's election and second term coupled with his great love of the outdoors and conservation efforts while trying to rein in steel and railroad barons, wall street, and attempting a reform platform make for an interesting narrative. The narrator, unfortunately, was able to suck most of the life out of the story.
Jonathan Marosz has a good voice for things like textbooks. He has an over-educated Harvardesque style of reading which makes his narration sound condescending, dragging the words at the ends of some sentences on for dramatic(?) effect and reading with such a measured tone that I had a hard time getting through the first part. I am pretty sure he is fluent in French since the French words are the only time he sounds animated.
What could have made this better, is Mark Deakins who read the first book "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt". Deakins narration brings a hardy and vital president to life and helped me get through this tome knowing that he narrates the last book of the trilogy.
Tomorrow I intend to plot a straight line on a map from here to there and surmount any obstacle in my way.
This is a great series on a fascinating President who created many National Parks, shot and stuffed every animal and bird he came across, reined in huge trusts, presided over recessions, and was a man of inspirational vigor. Although a hawk, Roosevelt helped negotiate peace between warring nations and won the Nobel Prize.
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