Of all our great presidents, Theodore Roosevelt is the only one whose greatness increased out of office. When he toured Europe in 1910 as plain “Colonel Roosevelt,” he was hailed as the most famous man in the world. Crowned heads vied to put him up in their palaces. “If I see another king,” he joked, “I think I shall bite him.”
Had TR won his historic “Bull Moose” campaign in 1912 (when he outpolled the sitting president, William Howard Taft), he might have averted World War I, so great was his international influence. Had he not died in 1919, at the early age of sixty, he would unquestionably have been reelected to a third term in the White House and completed the work he began in 1901 of establishing the United States as a model democracy, militarily strong and socially just.
This biography by Edmund Morris, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award–winning author of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt and Theodore Rex, is itself the completion of a trilogy sure to stand as definitive. Packed with more adventure, variety, drama, humor, and tragedy than a big novel, yet documented down to the smallest fact, it recounts the last decade of perhaps the most amazing life in American history. What other president has written forty books, hunted lions, founded a third political party, survived an assassin’s bullet, and explored an unknown river longer than the Rhine?
©2010 Edmund Morris; ©2010 Random House Audio
Praise for the classic biographies by Edmond Morris: “One of those rare works that is both definitive for the period it covers and fascinating to read for sheer entertainment.” (The New York Times Book Review for Pulitzer Winner Rise of Theodore Roosevelt)
“As a literary work on Theodore Roosevelt, it is unlikely ever to be surpassed. It is one of the great histories of the American presidency, worthy of being on a shelf alongside Henry Adams’s volumes on Jefferson and Madison.” (Times Literary Supplement, on Theodore Rex)
This was an exceptional (and long awaited...though worth the wait) conclusion to Edmund Morris' Trilogy on Theodore Roosevelt.
Book is fantastic, I recommend the first two before reading (The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt and Theodore Rex).
Also, the narration is excellent.
The Trilogy is a must listen to for anyone even remotely interested in history, take the time to listen to the life of someone who could truly be referred to as:
"The World's Most Interesting Man..."
complex, driven personality
His pain over Quentin's death in the war.
I read all 3 books of this biography, and enjoyed them greatly.
Narration and story were wonderful and do justice to such a fascinating historical figure at a pivotal point in the development of the United States.
Edmund Morris is a gift and offered us a gift in this treasured series. Theodore Roosevelt is arguably the architect of modern America and the consummate Profile In Courage. His life is also illustrative that we all live an immutable law of sowing and reaping in both good and hard ways. Roosevelt was bold and his boldness was rewarded. But Teddy was also a warrior and one of the greatest ironies of his life is that his youngest son, Quentin, was soon killed in the war that Roosevelt pushed then President Woodrow Wilson to fight. Read ALL 3 of Morris works.
Fantastic account of TR's life after the presidency. I will very much miss my commutes with TR over the past 6 months as I listened to the trilogy. This last book is better than "Rex," but not quite as good as "Rise." - but that is partly because I love Mark Deakins and he did not do "Rex".
My assessment of TR was that he was somewhat delusional, but a genuine person who made things happen. I loved the last quote "a fulfiller of the best intentions." Well done Morris.
student of truth
A somewhat depressing conclusion to the TR trilogy (based on Teddy's life, not the book). Overall it's a phenomenal way to end the three book narrative.
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