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Publisher's Summary

Available for the first time in audio, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt is the story of seven men - a naturalist, a writer, a lover, a hunter, a ranchman, a soldier, and a politician - who merged at age 42 to become the youngest American President in history. Twenty-one years ago, this classic biography (the first volume of a planned trilogy; the second, Theodore Rex, was published in 2001) won both the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award, and since then it has never been out of print.

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Critic Reviews

  • Pulitzer Prize winner, Biography or Autobiography, 1980; American Book Award winner

"A towering biography...a brilliant chronicle." (Time)
"Magnificent...a sweeping narrative of the outward man and a shrewd examination of his character." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Roosevelt surges out of these pages with the force of a physical presence." (The Atlantic Monthly)

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Michael
  • Akron, OH, United States
  • 02-18-03

One of the best books I've come across.

This is truely a great book about one of the most interesting men in Amercian history. My only regret is that is only availabe in the abridged format. PLEASE RELEASE THE UNABRIDGED BOOK!!

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Heath
  • Georgetown, TX, USA
  • 01-07-05

Entertaining History

Edmund Morris has a knack for making biographies interesting. With someone like Theodore Roosevelt who is such a charismatic figure in our nation's history, he really shines. The descriptions of his trips out west made me want to head to the Dakotas to see the Badlands for myself. I really enjoyed how Morris tied together the political picture and not just the adventures of Roosevelt.
Also, the narration is fantastic, the voice of Roosevelt shines through and was used appropriately throughout the reading.
The last star is missing simply because I really wanted to have the unabridged version.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Anita
  • Coeur d Alene, ID, USA
  • 06-06-03

An interesting insight into our 26th President.

The optimism and positive attitude of Theodore Roosevelt cannot go unnoticed in this book. Hearing the life and history of this man of such great tenacity was thoroughly enjoyable. My only complaint about the book was that it is the first volume of a trilogy so the listener is left hanging until obtaining Theodore Rex. Well written and easy listening.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

History comes alive

A masterful biography: detailed and factual, but also engaging and well written. You won't want to press stop! Very well read by the narrator as well. Even if you normally don't like history, you will like this book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Justin
  • Blacksburg, VA, USA
  • 07-22-05

Inspiring and informative

Seldom does an audiobook's narrator make himself into such a transparent conduit of the author's words. Well read, well written, this book that made Morris famous is at the top of my audio memoirs. The only real flaws come in those moments where the abridged version has eliminated material. I looked forward to a retelling of TR's Badlands outlaw posse days, but it has been completely removed from this version.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Laura
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • 10-23-06

Great Book

This was a fantastic book - well written, interesting, and great flow. It was obviously very well researched and gave the listener such an indepth insight into Teddy Roosevelt's life, thoughts, and actions. The reading was terrific. I was hooked on this book and listened to it whenever the opportunity presented itself.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Scott
  • Champlin, MN, USA
  • 02-23-04

Excellent piece of history

Rush hour has never been more enjoyable. I am not a history buff, but I found myself very enthusiastic about this book. The book flowed well and was dynamically written. My interest was piqued throughout the book, which is something that does not happen that often with history books. I cannot wait for the second one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Brett
  • Lehi, UT, USA
  • 10-06-03

Very enjoyable

This was a very informative and enjoyable book to listen to. Very well narrated. I didn't want it to end (lucky there is a part 2)! The perspective seems fairly balanced in presenting who he was. This is highly recommended for anyone intersted in American History or even U.S. natural history.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Haarlem, Netherlands
  • 05-04-12

Great stories about Teddy. And then some more.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The biography is a tale of Roosevelt's life. It gives great insights, but is always positive about Roosevelt. Critical notes are not te be found/heard. That makes it a bit one-dimensional and unbalanced.

Would you be willing to try another book from Edmund Morris? Why or why not?

Only if it is on a person or subject I know nothing about. That would make a good starting point of a discovery.But otherwise, no.

What about Harry Chase’s performance did you like?

It is a good performance. His impersonation of Roosevelts voice is funny.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Johannes
  • SibrandabuorrenNetherlands
  • 02-18-09

definite biography of the young Roosevelt

Excellent story, well researched, ecxellent read. You cannot help wonder, what would have happened if this extraordinary man had lived today.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful