An intimate portrait of the first president of the 20th century
The warm and knowing biography traces Roosevelt's involvement in the politics of New York City and New York State, his celebrated ,military career, and his ascent to the national political stage. Caricatured through history as the "bull moose", Roosevelt was in fact a man of extraordinary discipline whose refined and literate tastes actually helped spawn his fascination with the rough-and-ready world of war and wilderness.
|Series:||American Presidents Series|
|Product dimensions:||3.20(w) x 9.14(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Louis Auchincloss is a highly renowned novelist, literary critic, and historian. The author of more than 50 books, including The Reactor of Justin, The House of Five Talents, and The Atonement, he is the former president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in New York City.
Ira Claffey has narrated or co-narrated numerous audio titles from Macmillan Audio. His work includes Rock Rats, Thomas Jefferson, Rutherford B. Hayes, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John Quincy Adams, Grover Cleveland, James Madison, and Theodore Roosevelt. Of Ira’s narration of Theodore Roosevelt, AudioFile magazine has said, “Ira Claffey's passionate but cultivated voice is the perfect medium in which to join two men of refinement.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really liked this book because it explores the life of Theodore Roosevelt from his early childhood, to his life as president, to his death in 1919. The author conveyed a theme that was parallel to the masculinity and bravery of Roosevelt. I liked how the book went into great detail about his time spent on adventures and hunting, but I didn't like how it got somewhat hung up on his time spent in office. I recommend this book because it is very informative about an important historical figure and American icon. Overall VERY good.
I have purchased every book in The American Presidents Series and even though TR is my favorite president, this was one of my least favorite books. This series has a different author for each president, and the general theme seems to be that the author will take a cross-section of all the other biographies available on their subject, and give you a very objective history for each president. Louis Auchincloss provides a great many quotes from Roosevelt (who was a long-winded speaker), and it breaks up the continuity of the biography. Most of the books in this series are about 150-160 pages, so they are a quick read. This book, however, did not flow as it could have.
The Presidential Series is an attractive project. The quality of the authors selected for the project is quite impressive. The challenge will be to insure that the books are as impressive as the project and the authors. In the case of the books on James Madison and John Quincy Adams, they were. Unfortunately, it is not the case with this book on Theordore Roosevelt. The book seemed more a collection of articles than a book. While no one expects any new revelation in a book of this nature, especially when so much has been written on this particular president, one has a right to expect a good presentation of the presidential years of Roosevelt. Instead, one is left with an anecdotal approach to history. One can only hope that the series editors will focus more on future volumes.