No American president has been more enthusiastic in appreciating the wilderness and in conserving our nation’s natural treasures than Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919). And no other president wrote more about nature and his explorations of it than T. R., in scattered books, such as African Wilderness, and in his countless letters, including those collected in The Selected Letters of Theodore Roosevelt). Roosevelt the Explorer, by historian and Roosevelt biographer H. Paul Jeffers, is the only book to offer a comprehensive, lifelong chronicle of the consummate adventurer’s exploits and expeditions, which compelled him to traverse some of our planet’s most difficult terrains.
Within these lively pages, Roosevelt collects more than a hundred bird specimens in Egypt at age fourteen; hunts grizzlies and other game in the wilds of the Dakota territory; founds the Boon and Crockett Club, the nation’s first conservation group; and inspires the first Teddy Bear. Jeffers describes T. R.’s efforts as president, against fierce opposition, to establish an unprecedented system of national parks and to ensure the safety of America’s vast federal forests and wetlands from rampant development.
In the words of Roosevelt himself, the adventures unfold T. R.’s 1909–1910, eleven-month, Smithsonian-inspired safari across Africa, from Mombasa on the Indian Ocean to Khartoum in Egypt, which followed his two terms as president; and his 1913–1914 danger-drenched expedition to map South America’s 950-mile River of Doubt (a previously unexplored tributary to the Amazon River later renamed Rio Roosevelt in his honor). During the trip, one man drowned, another was murdered, and the culprit went insane, fleeing into the jungle. Roosevelt was lucky to escape alive, nearly drowning and plagued by jungle fever, dysentery, an ulcerated leg, blood poisoning, and malaria.
Illustrated with rare cartoons and photos, and filled with hairbreadth escapes, exotic animals and locales, and unparalleled excitement, Roosevelt the Explorer brings to life T. R.’s thrilling and often controversial exploits as no other book has done since the twenty-sixth president took his pen in hand over eighty years ago.
|Publisher:||Taylor Trade Publishing|
|Edition description:||1ST TAYLOR|
|Product dimensions:||6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.92(d)|
About the Author
H. Paul Jeffers is the author of more than fifty books, including Colonel Roosevelt, Freemasons, and Dark Mysteries of the Vatican. He has appeared on C-SPAN, Fox News, and The History Channel. He lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
Part One: Enough to Make It Exciting
Chapter 1: Curious Teedie
Chapter 2: Back-East Dude
Chapter 3: Danny, Davy, and Teddy
Chapter 4: Strong as a Bull Moose
Part Two: For the Generations to Come
Chapter 5: To Learn to Swim, You Must Get into the Water
Chapter 6: Former Stamping Ground
Chapter 7: A Bear Named Teddy
Part Three: Hurrah for Africa
Chapter 8: “Health to the Lions!”
Chapter 9: The Man on the Cowcatcher
Chapter 10: The Lions of the Kapiti
Chapter 11: I Am Not a Rhinoceros Mind-Reader
Chapter 12: Land of the Masai
Chapter 13: Crossing the Thirst
Chapter 14: With Rifle and Camera
Chapter 15: Most Interesting of All the animals
Chapter 16: Tales by Poe on the Upper Nile
Part Four: To Be a Boy Again
Chapter 17: Reunion at Khartoum
Chapter 18: Merely Deferred
Chapter 19: A Difficult Trip Ahead
Chapter 20: “I’m bully!”
Chapter 21: All Well and Cheerful
Chapter 22: The Oxford Book of French Verse
Chapter 23: A River of Real Importance
Chapter 24: Murder in the Jungle
Chapter 25: A Wedding in Spain
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book provided a brief glimpse at various stages of T. Roosevelt's amazing life and adventures. The author had a tendency to repeat stories throughout chapters that was a bit irksome. Overall the book flowed well and keeps the readers interest.