Theodore Roosevelt Abroad: Nature, Empire, and the Journey of an American President

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In a life full of momentous episodes, Theodore Roosevelt’s fifteen-month post-presidential odyssey to Africa and Europe has never been given its due place. In 1909 and 1910, fresh from the presidency, Rooosvelt embarked on a grand expedition that fulfilled a long-held dream for the hunter-naturalist. Moving from Egypt to British East Africa to the Belgian Congo, Roosevelt hunted elephants and rhinos, parlayed with mercenaries and tribal kings, and observed the changes wrought by European colonialism. Along with ...

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Overview

In a life full of momentous episodes, Theodore Roosevelt’s fifteen-month post-presidential odyssey to Africa and Europe has never been given its due place. In 1909 and 1910, fresh from the presidency, Rooosvelt embarked on a grand expedition that fulfilled a long-held dream for the hunter-naturalist. Moving from Egypt to British East Africa to the Belgian Congo, Roosevelt hunted elephants and rhinos, parlayed with mercenaries and tribal kings, and observed the changes wrought by European colonialism. Along with his big game rifles, Roosevelt also brought his bully pulpit and accompanying ideals, lecturing diplomats and politicians on both continents on the exertions required to maintain the burden of empire.

In this engaging narrative, J. Lee Thompson traces the exhilarating adventures Roosevelt undertook as well as periods of doubt and disillusionment. Even as TR realized one dream of nature on safari, he came to believe another, more vital to his heart and legacy, was being undermined at home by President William Howard Taft. Having initially assumed that the new president would continue his predecessor’s cherished conservation policies, Roosevelt came to realize that Taft, left alone in the political jungles of Washington, was directly undermining his legacy. This led to an acrimonious split between the two old friends, Roosevelt’s explosive returban to the American political stage, and ultimately the election of Woodrow Wilson.

A tale of daring adventure, international celebrity, a friendship lost, and a political legacy transformed, Theodore Roosevelt Abroad is the first full account of a critical episode in the life of an American icon.

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"This excellent book touches the audience who enjoyed David McCullough’s biography of T.R., and is in that league. The writing is self-assured, evocative, and fair-handed; the character sketches (crucial in such books) are delightful and the Roosevelt family lore is fascinating. Thompson’s writing is accessible, and the choice of quotations makes the characters live in the reader’s mind." - R. J. Q. Adams, Distinguished Professor and Patricia and Bookman Peters Professor of History, Texas A&M University

"I warmly recommend this book to anyone interested in Theodore Roosevelt and his time. It is well-researched and well-written, as well as very timely." - Hans-Dieter Sues, Ph.D., Associate Director for Research and Collections, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History

"I learned a good bit reading it, especially the fact that Teddy could not be a viable candidate in these media-driven days. He said too much, too frankly, with no little amount of balderdash thrown into the mix. Still, he was a real American of the old- school, teaching corrupt and jejune old-worlders a thing or two whenever he had the chance." - Thomas Kennedy, Professor of History Emeritus, University of Arkansas

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137306395
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/21/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 816,425
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.67 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Lee Thompson is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Professor of History at Lamar University. He holds a PhD in Modern British History. His previous books are A Wider Patriotism: Alfred Milner and the British Empire, Forgotten Patriot: A Life of Alfred, Viscount of Milner of St. James' and Cape Town 1854-1925, and Politicians, the Press and Propaganda: Lord Northcliffe and the Great War, 1914-1919. Dr. Thompson was president of the Western Conference of British Studies and on the Council of the North American Conference on British Studies from 2005-2006.

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Table of Contents

The Old Lion Departs
The Great Adventure Begins
A Lion Roars in East Africa
White Rhino and Giant Eland
Down the Nile; Khartoum to Cairo
European Whirl
Peace Emissary
Last Rites: England
The Old Lion is Dead: Epilogue and Dramatis Personae

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    Interesting adventures during the post-presidency.

    This book is an interesting tale of the true life adventures of Theodore Roosevelt in the year (1909-10)after his presidency ended. Three stories are interwoven, these being a fascinating (though distastefully bloody) African safari to collect specimens for museums, a tour of Europe (wherein attempts were made to lessen tensions that were building towards the First World War), and dispatches from America detailing developments in the new administration that would ultimately lead to TR's third-party run for a third term as President. The author is British which results in interesting details about TR's time in Egypt, Sudan, Kenya and Uganda, which were then under the suzerainty of the British Empire, and about TR's time in England, encountering politicos of the time including David Lloyd George, Arthur Balfour, and Winston Churhill. This book will appeal to those interested in deeper reading about TR and also about the world situation on the eve of the Great War.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    Insight into an Intriguing Character

    I'm an avid reader of biographies, and this one really captured my imagination. There is little known about this period in Teddy Roosevelt's life. J Lee Thompson has thoroughly researched this era, and has woven this information into a fascinating account. TR is one of history's most intriguing characters, and Thompson has filled an important gap in his life's story. It is a wonderful read.

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