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Posted December 31, 2012
Interesting view of an American icon.
Historian Brands does a good job presenting a view of Teddy Roosevelt many may have not seen before. The portrayal of T.R.'s responses to life crises can be little iconoclastic at times when considering his rather macho image depicted elsewhere. The book is well researched and follows the author's theme clearly. The thoughtful account of Roosevelt's reaction to major events in his life gives some good insight into the development of his philosophy of governance and social policy in the early 20th Century. It is well worth the read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 14, 2010
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Excellent 1st book by an author
While there has been so much data written about this subject I'll say just a view words about Brands coverage rather than rehashing the life of T. Roosevelt. I felt Brands approach was very honest. He doesn't give TR a green pass for everything he did. Tough viewpoints are expressed here. For as progressive as TR was he suffered from normal human reactions regarding how he coped with life's realities. There was bitterness throughout his life particulary later. Brands writes this. This book is honest from both sides and I felt unbiased in his style. Many proud Republicans today would be shocked to learn that one of their own did some heavy taxing while in high positions from Gov. of NY and then as President. Aside from being quite an imperialist he could nearly pass as a Democrat today. But then Andrew Jackson, a Democrat, had a bit of expansionism in his blood too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Brands analysis of writing here focused more on the political than the personal side of his subject. Be prepared for that. In reading this book you will have to stick with it. Brands seems well developed politically speaking when he wrote this book. A year ago I enjoyed his book FDR Traitor to his Class which showed his political sensiblities. It should be noted that the FDR book placed as runner up in last years Pulitzer for history.
Take the time and read Brands TR. He comfortably measures his chapters. They are not too long before changing direction to the next. The book closes well giving a sound balanced review of Roosevelts life. Roosevelt was something else!
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