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His Father's Son: The Life of General Ted Roosevelt, Jr.

His Father's Son: The Life of General Ted Roosevelt, Jr.

by Tim Brady
His Father's Son: The Life of General Ted Roosevelt, Jr.

His Father's Son: The Life of General Ted Roosevelt, Jr.

by Tim Brady


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The story of Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., a fortunate son who proved himself on the battlefields of two world wars.

General Omar Bradley said of him, “I have never known a braver man or a more devoted soldier.” But for much of his life, Theodore Roosevelt’s son Ted seemed born to live in his father’s shadow. With the same wide smile, winning charm, and vigorous demeanor, Ted possessed limitless potential, with even the White House within his reach. 

In the First World War, Ted braved gunfire and gas attacks in France to lead his unit into battle. Yet even after returning home a hero, he was unable to meet the expectations of a public that wanted a man just like his father. A diplomat, writer, and man of great adventure, Ted remained frustrated by his lack of success in the world of politics, witnessing instead the rise of his cousin, Franklin, to the office that had once seemed his for the taking.

Then, with World War II looming, Ted reenlisted. In his mid-fifties with a gimpy leg and a heart condition, he was well past his prime, but his insistence to be in the thick of combat proved a vital asset. Paired with the irascible Terry de la Mesa Allen Sr., Ted soon distinguished himself as a front-line general in a campaign that often brought him into conflict with another hard fighter, George Patton. On D-Day, Ted became the oldest soldier and the only general in the Allied forces to storm the beach in the first wave, hobbling across the sand with his cane in one hand and a pistol in the other. His valor and leadership on Utah Beach became the stuff of legends—and earned him the Medal of Honor.

His Father's Son delves into the life of a man as courageous, colorful, and unwavering as any of the Roosevelt clan, and offers up a definitive portrait of one of America’s greatest military heroes.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101988152
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/03/2017
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 624,551
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Tim Brady is an award-winning writer whose works include Twelve Desperate Miles and A Death in San Pietro. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has written a number of PBS documentaries, and helped develop the series Liberty! The American Revolution, winner of the Peabody Award. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Crowded Hour 1

Chapter 1 All in the Family 15

Chapter 2 First Boy 24

Chapter 3 Left End 38

Chapter 4 Commencement 46

Chapter 5 Love and Marriage 54

Chapter 6 Pittsburgh 67

Chapter 7 Over There 76

Chapter 8 Cantigny 88

Chapter 9 Quentin 95

Chapter 10 Soissons 102

Chapter 11 The Cost of War 108

Chapter 12 Armistice 113

Chapter 13 News from Sagamore Hill 118

Chapter 14 Legions 124

Chapter 15 Americanism 133

Chapter 16 Rivals 140

Chapter 17 Washington 145

Chapter 18 Who Told Me That? 158

Chapter 19 Political Animals 164

Chapter 20 Off the Map 179

Chapter 21 Giant Pandas 185

Chapter 22 The Wrong Roosevelt 193

Chapter 23 Fifth Cousin to the President 201

Chapter 24 America First 206

Chapter 25 Our Country, Our Cause, Our President 212

Chapter 26 Torch 222

Chapter 27 Desert 231

Chapter 28 A Battle Played at My Feet 244

Chapter 29 The Tine 250

Chapter 30 Kermit 256

Chapter 31 Sicily 258

Chapter 32 Exile 270

Chapter 33 Nowhere Else to Be 276

Chapter 34 The Delectable Mountains 283

Chapter 35 "See You on the Beach" 288

Chapter 36 Old Soldiers Never Die 301

Epilogue: The Last Rough Rider 309

Acknowledgments 313

Bibliography 315

Notes 321

Index 333

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