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Posted July 11, 2001
'Mr. Roosevelt's History' describes the first steamboat journey on the Mississippi. It reads like a fast-paced novel yet it is scrupulously accurate history thanks to the thorough research done by Ms. Dohan. The three-month voyage starts in Pittsburgh in 1811 and is packed with excitement for Nicholas and Lydia Roosevelt and their two children--the second born enroute. (Nicholas Roosevelt was Theodore Roosevelt's great, granduncle.) Roosevelt believed in his boat and risked everything to demonstrate the commercial feasibility of steam transportation in America's heartland. The book is packed with excitement including passage through dangerous falls, a chase by Indians, the New Madrid earthquake and an on-board fire. Ms. Dohan's exceptional writing skill brings it all to life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.