The Selected Letters of Theodore Roosevelt

The Selected Letters of Theodore Roosevelt

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by H. W. Brands
     
 

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Theodore Roosevelt (1857–1919) was the most literary of American Presidents, writing scores of books, including Through the Brazilian Wilderness and African Game Trails. He was also the most active of American writers. In little more than six decades, Roosevelt was, among many of his activities, a rancher, historian, reformer, New York City Police Commissioner,…  See more details below

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Theodore Roosevelt (1857–1919) was the most literary of American Presidents, writing scores of books, including Through the Brazilian Wilderness and African Game Trails. He was also the most active of American writers. In little more than six decades, Roosevelt was, among many of his activities, a rancher, historian, reformer, New York City Police Commissioner, renowned hunter, New York State Governor, conservationist, Vice President of the United States, and 26th President of the United States.

What is less known is that Roosevelt was also one of the great epistolary writers, penning more than 100,000 letters. This collection brings together over 1,000 of Roosevelt's most engaging and revealing letters, ones that fully illuminate the private man and the public figure. Herein, Roosevelt corresponds with family, friends, colleagues, and political opponents. He discusses private matters, politics, military strategy, conservation, diplomacy, higher education, women's rights, literature, and football. The list of addresses is formidable, including: Jefferson Davis, Francis Parkman, Frederick Jackson Turner, John Muir, Andrew Carnegie, Jane Addams, Henry Ford, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John J. Pershing, Woodrow Wilson, Rudyard Kipling, and Oliver Wendell Holmes.

The Selected Letters of Theodore Roosevelt, superbly edited by H. W. Brands, allows Roosevelt to speak in his own inimitable voice. These letters capture the verve and sheer joy of life that was Roosevelt's signature.

Editorial Reviews

The New Republic
With H. W. Brands's briskly and knowledgeably edited The Selected Letters of Theodore Roosevelt, readers can tap into TR's inner intellectual and emotional life. . . . Roosevelt is a captivating writer. A reader of extraordinary breadth, he lived a good deal of his life among highly crafted language, and it shows in the sheer pleasure that he took in putting words on paper.
— Christine Stansell
Los Angeles Times
The letters provide a vivid reminder of Roosevelt's forceful prose and the depth of his reading. For comprehending Roosevelt's volcanic and shrewd temperament, nothing can match reading his correspondence.
Denver Post
'Teddy' was in many ways the quintessential American, and this collection of more than 1,000 letters to Jefferson Davis, Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Booker T. Washington, Woodrow Wilson, and cousin Franklin, to mention just a few of T.R.'s countless correspondents, reveals both the private citizen and public official who shaped America's politics and national character.
Claremont Review Of Books
To immerse oneself in these letters is to understand exactly what Henry Adams meant when he wrote that Roosevelt displayed 'the quality that medieval theology assigned to God—he was pure act.'
American Heritage Publishing Staff
These highlights of Roosevelt's voluminous and candid correspondence . . . perfectly reflect the high-hearted combativeness of his spirit.
Booklist
Arranged in chronological order from his youth to his dotage, these missives—addressed to an astonishing array of family, friends, and prominent literary, political, and cultural personae—offer an intimate glimpse into the thoughts and feelings of one of the most talented and multidimensional of all the U.S. presidents. Rich in character, context, and content, this superb collection of letters will appeal to both dedicated scholars and casual admirers of Theodore Roosevelt.
Donald Herbert Donald
Theodore Roosevelt was at his energetic, opinionated, and delightful best in his correspondence. Brands's admirable edition of his letters is the best possible introduction to one of our greatest presidents.
Paul C. Nagel
What a treat it is now to be able to enjoy the letters of Teddy Roosevelt, one of the nation's most intellegent, colorful, and important personalities.
The New Republic - Christine Stansell
With H. W. Brands's briskly and knowledgeably edited The Selected Letters of Theodore Roosevelt, readers can tap into TR's inner intellectual and emotional life. . . . Roosevelt is a captivating writer. A reader of extraordinary breadth, he lived a good deal of his life among highly crafted language, and it shows in the sheer pleasure that he took in putting words on paper.
Claremont Review of Books
To immerse oneself in these letters is to understand exactly what Henry Adams meant when he wrote that Roosevelt displayed 'the quality that medieval theology assigned to God—he was pure act.'

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442226722
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
668
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

H. W. Brands is Dickson, Allen, Anderson Centennial Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author many books, including Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times, Lone Star Nation: The Epic Story of the Battle for Texas Independence, and T.R.: The Last Romantic. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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