The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all timeDescribed by the Chicago Tribune as "a classic," The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt stands as one of the greatest biographies of our time. The publication of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt on September 14th, 2001 marks the 100th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt becoming president.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2010
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780307750525
Characteristics: 1 online resource (21 audio files) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Deakins, Mark


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Oct 25, 2013

Teddy Roosevelt (apparently he hated that nickname) was such a contradiction: a conservationist who loved to hunt for sport, and a bookish academic who loved the manly pursuits and wanted very badly to fight in a war. I learned so much from this biography that it's kind of hard to process it all, but I loved it from beginning to end (well, except some of the political minutia). All of the details of Theodore's early life were very interesting, especially his time at Harvard and courtship of first wife, Anna. It is so much fun to imagine the skinny, hyper-intelligent and hyper-active dynamo that he must have been. I felt so much empathy for the Roosevelt who went West after Anna and his mother died on the same day (!). And the Rough Rider Colonel Roosevelt was pretty entertaining. But at the end of this book, we were just getting to the Theodore Roosevelt that I'm most interested in - the canny President. Side note: I think that the narrator gives a bit of an odd reading sometimes, giving emphasis in strange places, but I could tell that he had lots of fun with his Teddy Roosevelt voice.


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