Forging a President: How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosevelt

Forging a President: How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosevelt

by William Hazelgrove


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"There are few sensations I prefer to that of galloping over these rolling limitless prairies, with rifle in hand, or winding my way among the barren, fantastic and grimly picturesque deserts of the so-called Bad Lands." —Theodore Roosevelt

He was born a city boy in Manhattan; but it wasn't until he lived as a cattle rancher and deputy sheriff in the wild country of the Dakota Territory that Theodore Roosevelt became the man who would be president. "I have always said I would not have been president had it not been for my experience in North Dakota," Roosevelt later wrote. It was in the "grim fairyland" of the Bad Lands that Roosevelt became acquainted with the ways of cowboys, Native Americans, trappers, thieves, and wild creatures—and it was there that his spirit was forged and tested.

In Forging a President, author William Hazelgrove uses Roosevelt's own reflections to immerse readers in the formative seasons that America's twenty-sixth president spent in "the broken country" of the Wild West.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621574767
Publisher: Regnery History
Publication date: 05/01/2017
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 786,003
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

William Hazelgrove is the author of ten novels including Jackpine (2015) and The Pitcher (2013), a Junior Library Guild Selection. His books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist, Book of the Month Selections, Junior Library Guild Selections, and ALA Editor’s Choice Awards. He was the Ernest Hemingway Writer-in- Residence where he wrote in the attic of Ernest Hemingway's birthplace. He has been the subject of interviews in NPR's All Things Considered along with features in The New York Times , Los Angeles Times , Chicago Tribune , Chicago Sun Times , Richmond Times Dispatch , USA Today , People , Channel 11, NBC, WBEZ, and WGN. Hazelgrove also runs a political cultural blog, The View from Hemingway's Attic.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Prologue xv

1 Badlands, Dakota Territory 1

2 The Mind But Not the Body 3

3 The Day the Light Went Out 11

4 The First Time West 17

5 The Dude 25

6 Into the Badlands 29

7 Hunting Buffalo 35

8 Cattle Rancher 43

9 Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show 49

10 Far Off from All Mankind 57

11 Four-Eyes 69

12 The Newly Minted Cowboy 77

13 The Big Horn Hunt 87

14 The Crazy Man 97

15 Right Between the Eyes 103

16 The Winter of Discontent 111

17 The Darkest of Moments 117

18 Such Good Fortune 123

19 The Reformer and the Rancher 127

20 That Photograph 133

21 The Wandering Cowboy 139

22 The Mornin' Glory 147

23 The Roundup 153

24 The Return of the Cowboy 165

25 Domestic Ranch Life and Bad Men 169

26 High Noon for the Marquis 175

27 Cowboys and Indians 181

28 Cowboy in Love 189

29 High Noon 193

30 Sheriff Roosevelt 203

31 A Darkening Cloud 211

32 The Roosevelt Gang 217

33 The Winter of Blue Snow 223

34 The Romance of His Life 227

35 The Last Cowboy 231

Notes 235

Select Bibliography 257

Index 261

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