Caricatured through history as the "bull moose," Roosevelt was in fact a man of extraordinary discipline whose refined and literate tastes actually helped spawn his fascination with the rough-and-ready worlds of war and wilderness. Auchincloss briskly recounts the significant contributions of Roosevelt's career and administration.
"[Auchincloss] paints a vivid portrait and almost treats the president as a quirky character in one of his own novels of upper-class America...It is a compelling, novelistic approach to history." (Publishers Weekly)
"A master craftsman's rendering of a character who needs no embellishment." (Kirkus Reviews)