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In Trace of TR: A Montana Hunter's Journey

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As a student of American history, as a hunter, horseman, and former Marine, and as someone passionate about the West, Dan Aadland had long felt a kinship with Theodore Roosevelt. One day, on a single-footing horse, lever-action rifle under his knee, Aadland set out to become acquainted with TR as only those who shared his experiences could. In Trace of TR documents that quest, inviting readers to ride along and get to know Theodore Roosevelt through the western environment that ...

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Overview

As a student of American history, as a hunter, horseman, and former Marine, and as someone passionate about the West, Dan Aadland had long felt a kinship with Theodore Roosevelt. One day, on a single-footing horse, lever-action rifle under his knee, Aadland set out to become acquainted with TR as only those who shared his experiences could. In Trace of TR documents that quest, inviting readers to ride along and get to know Theodore Roosevelt through the western environment that so profoundly influenced him.

Accompany Aadland as he rides the broad prairies in search of TR’s “prongbuck,” tracks elk through the rugged Big Horn Mountains, and pursues a glimpse of a grizzly in the Absaroka Wilderness. Along the way the author’s campfire musings and reflections on Roosevelt’s writings further deepen and enrich this unique examination of our twenty-sixth president. Aadland’s journey takes readers into TR’s beloved Dakota Territory then and now, offering a kindred spirit’s moving, deftly drawn portrait of both the land and the man across the space of a century.

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Editorial Reviews

American Cowboy

"Aadland's unique experiences allow the reader to understand TR in an intimate way and appreciate how the Western landscape helped shape his character."—Lauren Halley, American Cowboy

— Lauren Halley

Roundup Magazine

"Seemingly as accomplished as his subject, author Dan Aadland while not (yet) president of the United States, is an astute student of American history, a hunter, horseman, horse breeder, retired teacher, former Marine—and he's also a heck of a writer. . . . [In Trace of TR is] a powerful book that I think Theodore Roosevelt would have understood and enjoyed."—Matthew P. Mayo, Roundup Magazine

— Matthew P. Mayo

Jack Ballard

“Aadland’s writing is much like the prose of Roosevelt himself—honest, authentic, and enjoyable to read.”—Jack Ballard, author of Creating a Traditional Elk Camp

American Cowboy Magazine

"Aadland's unique experiences allow the reader to understand TR in an intimate way and appreciate how the Western landscape helped shape his character."—Lauren Halley, American Cowboy

— Lauren Halley

Wyoming Wildlife

"Aadland is a good writer who has pursued an unusual set of interests into some of the best country left in the United States. He's worth a read."—Chris Madson, Wyoming Wildlife

— Chris Madson

Jack Ballard
"Aadland's writing is much like the prose of Roosevelt himself-honest, authentic, and enjoyable to read."

-Jack Ballard, author of Creating a Traditional Elk Camp

Billings Gazette

"In a book that is part history lesson and part memoir, mixed with a healthy dose of hunting lore and a sprinkling of political comment, Aadland offers a unique and local perspective of the man he refers to as "TR."" —Linda Halstead-Acharya, Billings Gazette

— Linda Halstead-Acharya

True West Magazine

"The admiration for Roosevelt, Montana hunting and all things outdoors is evident in Dan Aadland's well-written In Trace of TR: A Montana Hunter's Journey. . . . The book is interlaced with stories of Roosevelt's hunts, and it offers a keen perception for the Montana landscape and the man who loved the adventure as much as the sport."—Linda Wommack, True West Magazine

— Linda Wommack

Roundup Magazine

"Seemingly as accomplished as his subject, author Dan Aadland while not (yet) president of the United States, is an astute student of American history, a hunter, horseman, horse breeder, retired teacher, former Marine—and he’s also a heck of a writer. . . . [In Trace of TR is] a powerful book that I think Theodore Roosevelt would have understood and enjoyed."—Matthew P. Mayo, Roundup Magazine

— Matthew P. Mayo

Wyoming Wildlife

"Aadland is a good writer who has pursued an unusual set of interests into some of the best country left in the United States. He’s worth a read."—Chris Madson, Wyoming Wildlife

— Chris Madson

True West Magazine

"The admiration for Roosevelt, Montana hunting and all things outdoors is evident in Dan Aadland’s well-written In Trace of TR: A Montana Hunter’s Journey. . . . The book is interlaced with stories of Roosevelt’s hunts, and it offers a keen perception for the Montana landscape and the man who loved the adventure as much as the sport."—Linda Wommack, True West Magazine

— Linda Wommack

American Cowboy Magazine

"Aadland’s unique experiences allow the reader to understand TR in an intimate way and appreciate how the Western landscape helped shape his character."—Lauren Halley, American Cowboy

— Lauren Halley

Montana Sporting Journal

"Readers who hunt big game will enjoy the many interesting stories and will quickly recognize that Dan knows firsthand "whereof he speaks", whether it is in the terminology associated with packing, or as his wife suspects, in the "mysterious code" that we cartridge reloaders converse in."—Montana Sporting Journal

Montana Sporting Journal

"Readers who hunt big game will enjoy the many interesting stories and will quickly recognize that Dan knows firsthand 'whereof he speaks,' whether it is in the terminology associated with packing, or as his wife suspects, in the 'mysterious code' that we cartridge reloaders converse in."—Montana Sporting Journal
True West Magazine - Linda Wommack

"The admiration for Roosevelt, Montana hunting and all things outdoors is evident in Dan Aadland's well-written In Trace of TR: A Montana Hunter's Journey. . . . The book is interlaced with stories of Roosevelt's hunts, and it offers a keen perception for the Montana landscape and the man who loved the adventure as much as the sport."—Linda Wommack, True West Magazine
Billings Gazette - Linda Halstead-Acharya

"In a book that is part history lesson and part memoir, mixed with a healthy dose of hunting lore and a sprinkling of political comment, Aadland offers a unique and local perspective of the man he refers to as 'TR.'" —Linda Halstead-Acharya, Billings Gazette
American Cowboy - Lauren Halley

"Aadland's unique experiences allow the reader to understand TR in an intimate way and appreciate how the Western landscape helped shape his character."—Lauren Halley, American Cowboy
Roundup Magazine - Matthew P. Mayo

"Seemingly as accomplished as his subject, author Dan Aadland, while not (yet) president of the United States, is an astute student of American history, a hunter, horseman, horse breeder, retired teacher, former Marine—and he's also a heck of a writer. . . . [In Trace of TR is] a powerful book that I think Theodore Roosevelt would have understood and enjoyed."—Matthew P. Mayo, Roundup Magazine
Wyoming Wildlife - Chris Madson

"Aadland is a good writer who has pursued an unusual set of interests into some of the best country left in the United States. He's worth a read."—Chris Madson, Wyoming Wildlife
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803216273
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Dan Aadland is a Montana rancher and retired teacher. He is the author of eight books, including The Best of All Seasons: Fifty Years as a Montana Hunter and Sketches from the Ranch: A Montana Memoir, both available in Bison Books editions.
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