Becoming Teddy Roosevelt: How a Maine Guide Inspired America's 26th President

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When Theodore Roosevelt went into the Maine Woods with legendary Maine guide Bill Sewall, he was a sickly, asthmatic city boy. When he emerged several trips later, he was a robust, confident outdoorsman—the kind of man who could be president. This book describes the lifelong friendship between the twenty-sixth president and the lumberman from Island Falls and explores how that bond changed Roosevelt (and the nation) and why it matters today

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Overview

When Theodore Roosevelt went into the Maine Woods with legendary Maine guide Bill Sewall, he was a sickly, asthmatic city boy. When he emerged several trips later, he was a robust, confident outdoorsman—the kind of man who could be president. This book describes the lifelong friendship between the twenty-sixth president and the lumberman from Island Falls and explores how that bond changed Roosevelt (and the nation) and why it matters today

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892727841
  • Publisher: Down East Books
  • Publication date: 4/25/2010
  • Pages: 205
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Vietze, the former managing editor ofDown East: The Magazine of Maine, has written for a wide variety of magazines and online publications, includingTime Out New York, The New York Times’ LifeWire,Weather.com’sForecast Earth,Crawdaddy!, AMC Outdoors, Popmatters, Hooked on the Outdoors, Explore, Offshore, Big Sky Journal, MaineBiz,andMaine Times. Two of his pieces forDown Easthave won awards for feature writing from the International Regional Magazine Association.
Becoming Teddy Roosevelt: How a Maine Guide Inspired America’s 26thPresidentwon a silver medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards, was honored by the Maine State Legislature, and was a 2010 Book of the Year Award finalist in the biography category. It also spent weeks on theMaine Sunday Telegram‘s bestseller list and inspired theLunder New Naturalistsprogram at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, which uses the story of Theodore Roosevelt as an entry point for middle schoolers into the world of conservation. More than 19 schools and 600 students, are now part of the statewide program.
Vieteze spends six months of each year as a ranger in the wilds of the Katahdin region.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 9

A Man to Know 13

The Nature of New York 23

Pine Tree Pioneers 31

A Grander, More Beautiful Sight 47

Tough as a Pine Knot 53

Harvard Cool 63

Playing the Frontier 71

Light Comes In; Light Goes Out 79

Badlands Babies 89

Cowpunching 99

The Beef 109

Futures and Fame 135

I Want to See Roosevelt 147

Czar of Aroostook County 157

The Passing of a Grand Old Man 167

Epilogue 177

Chapter Notes 181

Index 197

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