The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
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The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
Edmund Morris
Biography & Memoir
Jul 29, 2018
Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919) was the twenty-sixth president of the United States. He remains our youngest chief executive (he was forty-two when he assumed the office upon the assassination of President McKinley), and he is certainly one of the most fascinating. Naturalist John Burroughs once said of his friend “T. R.” that he was a “many-sided man, and every side was like an electric battery.” In the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, acclaimed biographer Edmund Morris covers the unflaggingly energetic pre-presidential years of this dynamo. Morris makes the most of his rich material, orchestrating vast stores of incident and information into an engaging narrative that is a joy to read. He makes the force of T. R.’s larger-than-life presence felt in each of the varied contexts Roosevelt so vigorously dominated, illuminating as well the complicated character behind the trademark caricature—pince-nez, heavy mustache, dazzlingly big teeth—that history has handed down as his enduring image. Along the way, Morris also draws a detailed portrait of the age.
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Mar 29, 2019
Read like a novel. By far the best of the three Morris books on TR. This is one that I gift to friends.
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May 4, 2020
I love this book.
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