Theodore Roosevelt's History of the United States: His Own Words, Selected and Arranged by Daniel Ruddy

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Overview

Theodore Roosevelt's ideas about the nation's early days and his own times can be found sprinkled throughout his volu-minous writings, but these "pearls of thought" (as one of his book reviewers described them in 1888) have never before been pulled together into one volume. Now, through the skillful editing of Daniel Ruddy, Theodore Roosevelt's History of the United States provides readers with Roosevelt's unique view of American history from the Revolution to the beginning of the twentieth century.

An astute historical observer, Roosevelt was a hanging judge who did not hesitate to render harsh verdicts about leaders and events from America's past. His razor-sharp opinions cut to the core, capturing the essence of obscure and prominent figures alike: in his view, Andrew Jackson was "not more than half civilized," John Tyler was "a politician of monu-mental littleness," and William McKinley had "no more backbone than a chocolate Éclair." Roosevelt did not spare his contemporaries from criticism, either, particularly Woodrow Wilson, whom he believed to be "rotten through and through." What emerges from these pages is, of course, as revealing about Roosevelt as it is about the United States. This colorful compendium is a wonderful new angle on both American history and one of the country's most energetic, brilliant, and entertaining men.

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Ruddy had his work cut out for him in assembling this history of the United States from the perspective of its 26th president. Roosevelt was a prolific writer, having penned enough for 20 volumes of collected works and written, it’s estimated, more than 150,000 letters. Ruddy scoured a hefty portion of these writings, along with speeches, newspaper articles, and personal accounts left by associates, to create a colorful and highly opinionated account of some of the nation’s most dramatic episodes. Though the book is comprised entirely of Roosevelt’s own words, Ruddy is more than an anthologist; he’s an adept editor, seamlessly stitching together passages from a myriad of sources to create a cohesive, informative, and always entertaining read. As a piece of American history however, the book is less valuable, its scope too large to allow for an in-depth examination of events. But as an intimate portrait of one of our most forceful leaders, it’s a resounding success. Roosevelt’s words breathe life into historical personalities long since reduced to ink and paper. Though his descriptions can be unflattering (Thomas Paine is deemed “a filthy little atheist,” and William McKinley purportedly had “no more backbone than a chocolate éclair”) they’re certainly never dull. (May)
Edmund Morris
I have nothing but admiration for a young historian’s ingenuity in putting together what is, in a sense, a Rooseveltian apologia pro vita sua, with not one word of other argument interpolated...A splendid piece of work.
Thomas Fleming
This is a book that everyone even faintly interested in American history will read with amazement and delight. It is nothing less than an historical experience, a journey into our past in the company of a unique and often startling time-traveller.
Douglas Brinkley
“Daniel Ruddy’s Theodore Roosevelt’s History of the United States is a marvelous omnibus showcasing our twenty-sixth president’s flashy wit, statesman-like grace, and original thinking. A real gift to the world.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061834325
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Ruddy grew up on Long Island, New York, where a childhood trip to Roosevelt's home, Sagamore Hill, in Oyster Bay, triggered a lifelong interest in TR. He is a marketing consultant for Fortune 500 companies, and he holds a master's degree in international relations from the London School of Economics. He is an avid researcher into U.S. history and the presidency. This is his first book.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Edmund Morris xi

Introduction xv

1 On Writing History 1

2 Revolutionary Era (1776-1824) 21

3 Jacksonian Era (1825-1850) 109

4 Civil War Era (1851-1876) 165

5 Gilded Age (1877-1900) 207

6 Twentieth Century (1901-1918) 253

Acknowledgments 319

Works Cited and Other Sources 521

Explanatory Notes 325

Source Notes 355

Index 409

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