Theodore Roosevelt in the Badlands: A Young Politician's Quest for Recovery in the American West

Theodore Roosevelt in the Badlands: A Young Politician's Quest for Recovery in the American West

by Roger L. Di Silvestro
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Theodore Roosevelt in the Badlands: A Young Politician's Quest for Recovery in the American West 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
19thCenturion More than 1 year ago
Growing up on a North Dakota cattle ranch, I was weaned on stories of Theodore Roosevelt's ranching days in the rugged Badlands. I did not know the half of it! This is a great, fast-paced book packed with interesting details that really flesh out the story. I could see the painted canyons and buttes, smell the sweet prairie grass, and hear the hiss of wind-driven snow against the windows of the Elk Horn ranchhouse as the author weaves a remarkable story, all the more remarkable because it is all true. A bar room brawl, cattle roundups, a bison hunt, a search for thieves on the run, and a dust-up with an eccentric aristocratic Frenchman intent on building a cattle empire. All this and TR still had time to read War and Peace in two weeks...in French. This book could be made into a movie.
ChaneyBuff More than 1 year ago
The most detailed book of Roosevelt's experiences in the Dakota Bandlands. Just an absolute joy to read and see how this period in TR's life shaped him for the years ahead. I have always been fascinated by this time in his life and most bios on TR, spend a chapter and move on, never really giving me a feel for the land and the time TR spent in the Dakotas. Happily, this book fills that need very nicely and is informative and interesting. TR would approve.
Dinah Pellerin More than 1 year ago
I downloaded a sample of this book, found it interesting but when I got to page 95, it went back to page 23 and repeated all pages till the end of the sample. I don't want to buy the book and have the same problem