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)
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.
Speak softly and carry a big stick.
Get Action! Listen to the 3 volume set. the narration on this volume pales in comparison to the other 2, but the story of political power, intrigue, maneuvering, etc. was fascinating. Highly recommended.
I suppose that I would, however, the performer is not pleasant. There are these strange pauses and it is very dry. Perhaps this is unfair because I have just finished "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt" which had a AMAZING performance. This is no comparison. In all honesty, this book should be re-recorded with the performer from The Rise.
Interesting levels of intrigue. Really helps one to understand the depth of character and capacity for change that this incredible gentleman (Colonel Roosevelt) possessed.
Most certainly Mark Deakins. I don't believe that anyone can do justice to Theodore Roosevelt like he can. If the book were re-recorded with Mark Deakins, I would rate it 6 stars.
"Roosevelt in the crosshairs, the story of a presidency."
PLEASE re-record Theodore Rex! I would purchase it again with a new narrator.
Just little ol' me
I don't like this author. He makes many unsupported snide remarks that really impacts what he is describing. It takes a lot of effort to discount that. He frequently gives sayings in a foreign language without translating them. It is like he is trying to show how worldly and intelligent he is. I am college educated, but I am not familiar with any languages besides English and Italian. Another thing that takes a lot of getting used to is he gives dates in European format since he is from South Africa. Why would he do that since his audience lives in a country that uses the American date format? He really seems to not care about his audience. I prefer Doris Kearns Goodwin's "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism". She puts some opinion in it, but much less and not snide. You can tell she is anti-war and progressive from how she touts the progressive writers of the time. I chose this book to get a different perspective and learn additional events. I got a different perspective that was detrimental to the history. He definitely covered things Doris didn't cover or briefly covered. However, the events she did cover were covered much, much better. He just gave petty details about the scene or what people wore. Doris gave more detail on what actually occurred between different people in the event in a lot of detail where you really get involved in the story.
Some times the story droned on where I couldn't wait for the topic to finish. I am not sure if it was the story or the narrator. I have a feeling it wass the narrator. It does take some getting used his narration. The audio production had a lot of problems. About ten seconds of the audio was repeated twice many times. The audio book was broken into many small 12-15 minute parts, but there was no rationale when it was broken up. Very frequently, it was done in the middle of a chapter.
Full of insights into Roosevelt's character, Theodore Rex evokes such a lively and quirky persona that the reader feels he may bound into the room any moment. This is the fourth TR bio I've read, and this one captures his political mastery best so far.
A very day to day narrative of the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt. The way it was told by the speaker has a very old fashioned twang to it that at first was off putting but by the end you wouldn't have it any other way.
The audio does skip back a lot but otherwise a great audio book for learning about TR the man.
Quite often (I lost count) sections of the text were repeated. In a few cases it was clearly a second take by the reader. The reader was very skilled. The story only occasionally warmed up to the subject, usually keeping only to the drudgery of facts and circumstances. I don't feel I know Roosevelt well, except that he was forceful an everything to him was "bully". If you are a history buff, this book is for you. If you want to know Teddy the man, skip it.
Great balance between education and entertainment. Paints a very positive picture of Roosevelt and has almost zero criticism of him. Would appreciate more balance.
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