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The surprising story of intrepid naturalist Theodore Roosevelt and how his lifelong passion for the natural world set the stage for America's wildlife conservation movement.

Perhaps no American president is more associated with nature and wildlife than Theodore Roosevelt, a prodigious hunter and adventurer and an ardent conservationist. We think of Roosevelt as an original, yet in The Naturalist, Darrin Lunde shows how from his earliest days Roosevelt actively modeled himself in the proud tradition of museum naturalists - the men who pioneered a key branch of American biology through their desire to collect animal specimens and develop a taxonomy of the natural world. The influence these men would have on Roosevelt would shape not just his personality but his career, informing his work as a politician and statesman and ultimately affecting generations of Americans' relationships to this country's wilderness.

Pulling from Roosevelt's diaries and expedition journals, Lunde constructs a brilliantly researched, singularly insightful history that reveals the roots of Roosevelt's enduring naturalist legacy through the group of little-known men whose work and lives defined his own.

©2016 Darrin Lunde (P)2016 Random House Audio

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One side of a many-sided man

Teddy Roosevelt was one of the greatest presidents in American History and he had a great passion for the outdoors. This is not the most complete biography, but it is an interesting facet of Roosevelt's life and motivations.

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Great book for hunters and nature lovers!

Wonderful story of an amazing American. This book is a must-read for any naturalist, no matter what their beliefs on hunting are. Roosevelt was a true 'Conservationist' and he showed that there is a need and value for the hunter in the maintenance of populations of wild animals. Roosevelt was integral in our philosophy of conservation ethics.

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Very Interesting

I found this book interesting and learned more about TR and other Naturalists of his time.

I liked how the author tackled the issue regarding hunter-naturalists as opposed to non hunter-naturalists. I side with Roosevelt!

The only reason I did not give the book five stars is I felt the story stopped before it had truly ended. I understand and appreciate the story staying focused primarily on Roosevelt’s Naturalist activities, but am perplexed at why the adventure on the River of Doubt (Rio Roosevelt) was not included.

Overall, I enjoyed the narrative and the more in-depth information that was included.

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exceptional

exceptional piece of work dedicated to one of our greatist American heros and learders. love

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First Audiobook

As an amateur naturalist myself, the story was very enlightening, enjoyable and an adventure. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with even a mild interest in natural history.

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The Naturalist

Interesting to learn Roosevelt's role in shaping the museums that we now love and enjoy today. The naturalist explains Roosevelt's passion for hunting and animal study and how those two things intertwine. First book purchased thru Audible, mad at myself for not getting a subscription years ago!

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Loss of respect

I lost a lot of respect for T Roosevelt. Killing so many animals, even after knowing certain species were being wiped out

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