Hero Tales: How Common Lives Reveal the Uncommon Genius of America

Overview

In 1895, two young men destined to make their mark on American life, Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge, discovered they shared a common interest in the remarkable way ordinary Americans demonstrated the real character of the young nation. They were convinced that the brilliance of American liberty could best be found in the lives of everyday heroes.

These two men researched and wrote the twenty-six inspiring stories in Hero Tales. From great battles of the War for ...

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Overview

In 1895, two young men destined to make their mark on American life, Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge, discovered they shared a common interest in the remarkable way ordinary Americans demonstrated the real character of the young nation. They were convinced that the brilliance of American liberty could best be found in the lives of everyday heroes.

These two men researched and wrote the twenty-six inspiring stories in Hero Tales. From great battles of the War for Independence to the intrepid explorations that opened up the western frontier, from the struggles of the early pioneers to the tragedies of the Civil War, these stories capture the essence of the American spirit.

Especially moving is the last chapter, on Abraham Lincoln, in which narrator Patrick Cullen reads Walt Whitman's poem for Lincoln, "O Captain, My Captain," as well as two of Lincoln's speeches, the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural Address.

1. "Washington" by Henry Cabot Lodge

2. "Daniel Boone and the Founding of Kentucky" by Theodore Roosevelt

3. "George Rogers Clark and the Conquest of the Northwest" by Theodore Roosevelt

4. "The Battle of Trenton" by Henry Cabot Lodge

5. "Bennington" by Henry Cabot Lodge

6. "King's Mountain" by Theodore Roosevelt

7. "The Storming of Stony Point" by Theodore Roosevelt

8. "Gouverneur Morris" by Henry Cabot Lodge

9. "The Burning of the Philadelphia" by Henry Cabot Lodge

10. "The Cruise of the Wasp" by Theodore Roosevelt

11. "The General Armstrong Privateer" by Theodore Roosevelt

12. "The Battle of New Orleans" by Theodore Roosevelt

13. "John Quincy Adams and the Right of Petition" by Henry Cabot Lodge

14. "Francis Parkman" by Henry Cabot Lodge

15. "Remember the Alamo" by Theodore Roosevelt

16. "Hampton Roads" by Theodore Roosevelt

17. "The Flag-Bearer" by Theodore Roosevelt

18. "The Death of Stonewall Jackson" by Theodore Roosevelt

19. "The Charge at Gettysburg" by Theodore Roosevelt

20. "General Grant and the Vicksburg Campaign" by Henry Cabot Lodge

21. "Robert Gould Shaw" by Henry Cabot Lodge

22. "Charles Russell Lowell" by Henry Cabot Lodge

23. "Sheridan at Cedar Creek" by Henry Cabot Lodge

24. "Lieutenant Cushing and the Ram Albermarle" by Theodore Roosevelt

25. "Farragut at Mobile Bay" by Theodore Roosevelt

26. "Lincoln" by Henry Cabot Lodge

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"George Washington, Daniel Boone, and Stonewall Jackson are all players in this montage of early American history. What began as the authors’ dinnertime tradition of sharing favorite stories became a joint venture to create a picture of the United States through the art of storytelling. Roosevelt and Lodge trace the period of the American Revolution through the Civil War by highlighting individuals who demonstrate valor and patriotism. Maurice England narrates this collection with stylistic ease and charm. He has a somewhat husky voice and speaks in a friendly tone. His relaxed pace moves the reader through these snapshots of American history. Taking on the role of storyteller, England faithfully captures the authors’ writing style and creates a memorable audio experience."
D.M.W. © AudioFile Portland, Maine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786124732
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged

Meet the Author

Theodore Roosevelt is one of the most active of American historic figures. He dominated his era as a military leader of the ""Rough Riders"" in the Spanish American War, as a prosecutor, as President, as a naturalist, and as a writer.

Henry Cabot Lodge was elected to the state legislature (1880-81), the House of Representatives (1887-93) and the Senate (1893-1924). After the split with Theodore Roosevelt, Lodge led the conservative wing of the Republican Party. A staunch critic of Woodrow Wilson, Lodge complained about the way the administration organized the war effort. When the Republican Party gained control of Congress, in November, 1918 Lodge, was able to obstruct Wilson's policies. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Lodge led the campaign against the ratification of the Versailles Peace Treaty and membership of the League of Nations. Lodge organized the passing of a series of amendments that would require the approval of Congress before the United States would be bound by certain decisions of the League. Woodrow Wilson refused to accept Lodge's amendments and the measure was defeated. In 1921 Lodge served as one of the USA's delegates to the Washington Conference on the Limitation of Armaments. Henry Cabot Lodge died on November 9th, 1924.

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