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)
they do not make them like they used to. great narrative, good narration, and many of the same issues - immigration, tension between capital and labor, regulation vs. laissez faire - that we are grappling with today. highly recommend.
Only one problem and honestly I lost count - there were at least 25 repeated sentences - as in take one and take two of the reading. I assume there must some "proof listening" in the production, but in this case many were missed. Otherwise it was a great listen as it was a great read.
The story overall is interesting and well-written. It picks up where Morris left off and continues in the same style. I felt like the previous book was more effusive towards Roosevelt implying that every move in his early career was genius whereas this book took a more moderated explaining things in a more neutral tone. As expected with Morris, the detail was astounding and all viewpoints were thoroughly explored.
The narrator took a chapter or two to get used to but I found him to be good. He didn't do the voices that I liked from the first book but his pacing was good and his enunciation was clear.
I did notice an audio issue where 20 to 25 second segments would be repeated immediately after they were initially read resulting in the same segment being read twice in a row. The timer kept moving so it appears it was part of the audio file itself. This happened maybe 20 times over the duration of the book and it was annoying each time.
I have read and listened to several biographies of Theodore Roosevelt. This is by far the best. The narrator did a very good job.
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.
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