Theodore the Great: Conservative Crusader

Theodore the Great: Conservative Crusader

by Daniel Ruddy


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Theodore the Great: Conservative Crusader by Daniel Ruddy

Theodore Roosevelt has a complicated legacy. To some, he was the quintessential American patriot and hero, a valiant soldier and hawkish leader. Others remember him as the Progressive cultural icon, the trust-buster who split from the Republican Party.

So who was the real Teddy Roosevelt?

Daniel Ruddy’s new biography cuts through the impenetrable tangle of misconceptions and contradictions that have grown up over the last century and obscured our view of a man who remains one of the most controversial and misunderstood presidents in U.S. history. Weighing Roosevelt's lifetime of actions against his sometimes-contradictory Progressive rhetoric, Ruddy paints a portrait of a man who led by undeniably conservative principles, but who obfuscated his own legacy with populist speeches. By focusing on Roosevelt's actions and his effect on American history, Ruddy clears the cobwebs and presents a real and convincing case for remembering Theodore Roosevelt as a great conservative leader.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621572640
Publisher: Regnery History
Publication date: 08/29/2016
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

DANIEL RUDDY holds a master’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics. His first book, Theodore Roosevelt’s History of the United States , is the definitive account of TR’s bold and candid opinions of America’s past.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Part I The First Modern President

1 Tr's Roller-Coaster Reputation 3

2 Delighted Defender of Family and Country 15

3 Misconceptions About Tr 29

4 The Bull Moose Progressive 49

Part II The Making of a Conservative Reformer

5 Tr's Political Education 65

6 Tr's Run-Up to the White House 79

Part III Tr As President: Domestic Policy

7 The Trust-Buster Myth 89

8 Sidestepping the Tariff Third Rail 103

9 Neglecting Currency/Banking Reform 113

10 Setting the Model For Labor Disputes 119

11 Protecting Consumer Health and Safety 125

12 Conserving Natural Resources 131

13 Delivering Water to the Arid West 139

14 Winning-Then Losing-Black Voters 145

Part IV Tr as President: Foreign Policy

15 Britain: Forging the Special Relationship 159

16 Germany: Restraining the Kaiser 173

17 Japan: Preventing War in The Pacific 183

18 Panama: Making the Dirt Fly 195

19 Monroe Doctrine: Adding a Police Power 203

Part V Assessing his Two Terms

20 One of the Greatest Presidents 211

21 Founding Father of the American Century 223

Acknowledgments 227

Guide to Sources 229

Notes 241

Index 255

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