The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

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The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time

Described by the Chicago Tribune as "a classic," The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt stands as one of the greatest biographies of our time. The publication of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt on September 14th, 2001 marks the 100th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt becoming president.

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ISBN-13: 9780375756788
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/20/2001
Series: Modern Library Paperbacks Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 960
Sales rank: 59,617
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Edmund Morris was born in Kenya and educated at the Prince of Wales School, Nairobi, and Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. He worked as an advertising copywriter in London before emigrating to the United States in 1968. His biography The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1980. In 1985 he was appointed Ronald Reagan's authorized biographer. He has written extensively on travel and the arts for such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harper's, and The Washington Post. The second volume of his Roosevelt biography, Theodore Rex, is currently under way, and will be followed by a third. Edmund Morris lives in New York and Washington, D.C., with his wife and fellow biographer, Sylvia Jukes Morris.

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The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 172 reviews.
Bozeman-Parrothead More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up because with everything that is going on in politics these days, I wanted to read about a president that was not scared for standing up for what is right, ending corruption, and embracing the meaning behind Americanism (TR did coin that phrase.) It is also relieving to read about a president that DID go after the corrupt corporations and the lobbyists before Obama took office. Needless to say I was not disappointed. I will admit this book is not for a person that does not live and breathe history. The details can be tiresome at times, but the author made 19th century politics read like a CNN broadcast, meaning there were moments when I could not put the book down, and literally cursed specific people and politicians for their stupidity. One thing I want to mention is this book covers TR's biography from his birth until the assassination of McKinley. The continuation is covered in Morris's Theodore Rex. I wish I would have known that before investing 782 pages in half of the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Classic tale of our greatest president. It makes you want to learn more. After reading you feel like you know Theodore himself
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By far the best book I've ever read about TR. It gives you great insight into his mind with brief diary enries and letters. If you want to know more about his character and what shaped him into the man he would become instead of just what he did, this is the book. Yes it's a thick book, however it was so interesting that I read through it quickly. If you love history and TR, this book is a must have.
AliceOne More than 1 year ago
Edmund Morris does a great job documenting Teddy Roosevelt's life until he gets to be President. This book reads like a novel and gives you amazing insight into such an energetic, interesting, honest, hard working man that Teddy was. Great historical read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always inspires me to quit complaining, work hard, expand my knowledge, improve my physical well being, and to live life to its fullest. Better than any self help book I have read. The first of an awe inspiring trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
after reading "The Rise" one will want to continue reading the other two works by Edmund Morris to complete the narrative about TR, one of our best a and the most fascinating presidents
Guest More than 1 year ago
The back of this book states that it is the story of seven men: a naturalist, a writer, a lover, a hunter, a rancher, a soldier, and a politician. It is amazing to me that one man can be all of those men at one time, but Theodore Roosevelt was. If you read this book, you will be as amazed as I was at the achievements of this man. It is hard to imagine that he could have changed the politics in the city of New York as much as he did. His progressive ideas angered the corrupt, so they nominated him for Vice-President. Little to their dismay that this progressive reformer would find himelf in the Big Chair of the Oval Office with a Big Stick. I admire Roosevelt for all of the accomplishments he made in his illustrious career, as I am sure you will be if you read this book. TR is one of my favorite, no my very favorite president and he will be yours too!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I have ever read on T.R. and it has lead me to read over ten since. I would recommend it to anyone interested in history or biographies.
BrianIndianFan More than 1 year ago
If anyone could be accurately described as a whirling dervish, it would be Theodore Roosevelt. In his lifetime, he was a soldier, author, historian, naturalist, cattle rancher, world traveler, reform politician, and - oh, yeah - 26th president of the United States. Until he became president after the assassination of President McKinley on September 14, 1901, TR had been all of those things - yet was only 42 when he ascended to the nation's highest office.  Obviously, the trick to chronicling such an ambitious life is to give details without being mundane. Morris has obviously managed to adequately probe every major corner in Roosevelt's life without becoming tedious. While a 1000 book may look forbidding at first blanch, 25% of the book is tied up in detailed footnotes and photograph credits. The abundance of end notes serves notice that Morris has thoroughly researched his subject and has sought to provide a balanced profile.  The book is a straight-forward narrative chronicling Roosevelt's life. It is a life that took various twists and turns, all of which are documented in detail. After Roosevelt's first wife and mother died on the same day in 1884, he goes out west to explore and hunt in what is now western North Dakota. This seems like a diversion in his life - and is at first - but Roosevelt eventually becomes so enmeshed with cowboy society that he is considered one of their own by the locals. The fact that Morris paints this part of Roosevelt's life as such allows the story to resonate with the reader. Overall, Morris deals with an amazing man by telling the straightest of stories. Though the story ends with Roosevelt's becoming president, that should not deter the reader from finding out what made our 26th president one of the most enduring and glittering examples of what being an American citizen can be. BOTTOM LINE: An wonderful read and worth every moment you spend reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a very good book if you like history books.There is also unbelivable facts.i recommend it to teens from 13-18
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This is a must read for anyone interested in political profiles. TR learned how to navigate political structures and personalities while in some of the the highest profile appointed and elected positions. I am looking forward to reading Theodore Rex, also by Edmund Morris, which begins at his presidency.
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Really makes history come alive roosevelts family male brothers were plagued by clinical depression and roosevelts energy was more the manic depression form . physical activity was one way to increase chemicals needed to prevent severe depression and later one of the few things that worked in private hospitals before the new meds. Alcohol was not.
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Goo book!
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Excellent telling of the experiences and events whcih shaped TR during his rise to the Presidency. Morris does a great job of being both informative and eloquent simultaneously.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gives great insight into how Roosevelt became, no doubt, a very smart president.
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