The Lion's Pride: Theodore Roosevelt and His Family in Peace and War

The Lion's Pride: Theodore Roosevelt and His Family in Peace and War

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by Edward J. Renehan
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195134249

ISBN-13: 9780195134247

Pub. Date: 12/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In The Lion's Pride, Edward J. Renehan, Jr. vividly portrays the grand idealism, heroic bravery, and reckless abandon that Theodore Roosevelt both embodied and bequeathed to his children and the tragic fulfillment of that legacy on the battlefields of World War I.
Drawing upon a wealth of previously unavailable materials, including letters and unpublished

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In The Lion's Pride, Edward J. Renehan, Jr. vividly portrays the grand idealism, heroic bravery, and reckless abandon that Theodore Roosevelt both embodied and bequeathed to his children and the tragic fulfillment of that legacy on the battlefields of World War I.
Drawing upon a wealth of previously unavailable materials, including letters and unpublished memoirs, The Lion's Pride takes us inside what is surely the most extraordinary family ever to occupy the White House. Theodore Roosevelt believed deeply that those who had been blessed with wealth, influence, and education were duty bound to lead, even—perhaps especially—if it meant risking their lives to preserve the ideals of democratic civilization. Teddy put his principles, and his life, to the test in the Spanish American war, and raised his children to believe they could do no less. When America finally entered the "European conflict" in 1917, all four of his sons eagerly enlisted and used their influence not to avoid the front lines but to get there as quickly as possible. Their heroism in France and the Middle East matched their father's at San Juan Hill. All performed with selfless—some said heedless—courage: Two of the boys, Archie and Ted, Jr., were seriously wounded, and Quentin, the youngest, was killed in a dogfight with seven German planes. Thus, the war that Teddy had lobbied for so furiously brought home a grief that broke his heart. He was buried a few months after his youngest child.
Filled with the voices of the entire Roosevelt family, The Lion's Pride gives us the most intimate and moving portrait ever published of the fierce bond between Teddy Roosevelt and his remarkable children.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195134247
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Part 1Roosevelt Form
1Mementoes3
2Roots9
3Crowded Hour21
Part 2The Lion's Pride
4The Uninvited37
5A Rather Enlarged Football Game51
6All the Kinds of Boys There Are71
7The Kaleidoscope Shaken87
8Too Proud to Fight99
9Equal Billing with Woodrow110
10Dust in a Windy Street123
11Everybody Works But Father138
12Rue de Villejust148
13Issoudun155
14Pater Familias168
15Dark Harbor186
16The Capital of the World204
17The Old Lion Is Dead212
18War Once More226
19Epilogue241
Notes247
Selected Bibliography267
Index273

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The Lion's Pride: Theodore Roosevelt and His Family in Peace and War 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Here is a haunting look back at a time that seems never to have been and a larger than life figure whose influence on his family was wonderful and tragic. Mr. Renehan moves along quickly, giving just enough detail to render a sense of family life at Sagamore Hill (the family's private residence)and the White House. He touches on playtimes led by the loving bear of a father, TR. He recalls the competitiveness of the children as they strive to impress their father, and he notes the the impact of Roosevelt's glory in the Spanish American War: 'Teddy Roosevelt's children grew up in the glow of Roosevelt's crowded hour.' TR clamored for war with Spain in 1898, and when he got his wish, he made the most of it, charging into enemy rifle fire on horseback, while his men moved ahead on foot. He came home a hero, boastful and full of pride. In time, he would have cause to wonder about the impact of his hour of glory. His sons, always quick to follow their father's example, had no summer time assignment when their war came. They endured long months at or near the front, ill prepared, poorly equipped and plagued by doubt. TR knew that WWI was a much different war. The weapons were deadlier, the losses staggering and the combatants grimly determined to fight on. He wrote one of his sons, 'If after you have been in the fighting line, you are offered a staff place in which you can be more useful, it would be foolish to refuse it...' It was too late to worry. His boys would suffer serious injury. One would lose his life. The death of his youngest shook TR. 'I can see how he constantly thinks of him,' wrote Mrs. Roosevelt, 'and not the silly recollections ... but sad thoughts of what Quentin would have counted for in the future.' In less than six months Roosevelt himself would be dead, in a sense a second victim of the bluster and blast that characterized him. What is most unique about this book is its feel for Roosevelt family life, the relationships of one to the other, the numerous and varied activities, the friends, associates, wives and husbands, and, at the center, holding everything together, the wonderful and impossible Bully Boy, Theodore Roosevelt. Renehan creates a kind of challenge to the self-interest, materialism and disjointedness that so define life in our own time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Author Renehan has written a haunting look back at a time that seems never to have been and a bigger than life figure whose influence on his family was at once wonderful and tragic. Renehan moves quickly, giving just enough detail to render a sure feel for family life at Sagamore Hill and the White House. He touches on playtimes led by loving bear of a father, TR. He realls the competitiveness of Roosevelt's children as they strive to impress their father, and he notes the impact of Roosevelt's glory in the hills of Cubs: 'Teddy Roosevelt's children grew up in the glow of Roosevelt's crowded hour.' Roosevelt had clamored for war with Spain in 1898, and when he got it, he made good, charging into enemy rifle fire on horseback, while his men moved ahead on foot. He came home a hero, boastful and proud. In time, however, he would have cause to wonder about the impact fo his hour of glory. His sons, always quick to follow his example, had no three month assignment when their war came (also clamored for by TR), but instead endured long months at or near the front, ill prepared, poorly equipped and plagued by doubt. TR knew that this war was no summer season conflict. The weapons were deadlier, the losses staggering, and the warring sides grimly determined to fight on. He wrote one of his sons, 'If after you have been in the fighting line, you are offered a staff place in which you can be more useful, it would be foolish to refuse it...' It was too late to worry. Three of his boys would suffer serious injury. One, hopelessly out of his depth, would be killed. The death of his youngest son shook TR. 'I can see how he constantly thinks of him,' wrote Mrs. Roosevelt, 'and not the silly recollections ... but sad thoughts of what Quentin would have counted for in the future.' In less than six months Roosevelt himself would be dead, in a sense, a second victim of the bluster and blast that so defined him. What is most unique about this book is its feel for Roosevelt family life, the relationship of one to the other, the numerous and varied activities, the friends, associates, wives and husbands and, at the center, holding everyone together, the wonderful and impossible bully boy, Theodore Roosevelt. Perhaps without wanting to, Renehan creates a kind of challenge to the self-interest, materialism and disjointedness that so characterizes life in our time.