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The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (1979)

de Edmund Morris

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Biography & Autobiography. History. Military. Nonfiction. HTML:WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE AND THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time

A towering biography . . . a brilliant chronicle.Time
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This classic biography is the story of seven mena naturalist, a writer, a lover, a hunter, a ranchman, a soldier, and a politicianwho merged at age forty-two to become the youngest President in history.

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt begins at the apex of his international prestige. That was on New Years Day, 1907, when TR, who had just won the Nobel Peace Prize, threw open the doors of the White House to the American people and shook 8,150 hands. One visitor remarked afterward, You go to the White House, you shake hands with Roosevelt and hear him talkand then you go home to wring the personality out of your clothes.

The rest of this book tells the story of TRs irresistible rise to power. During the years 18581901, Theodore Roosevelt transformed himself from a frail, asthmatic boy into a full-blooded man. Fresh out of Harvard, he simultaneously published a distinguished work of naval history and became the fist-swinging leader of a Republican insurgency in the New York State Assembly. He chased thieves across the Badlands of North Dakota with a copy of Anna Karenina in one hand and a Winchester rifle in the other. Married to his childhood sweetheart in 1886, he became the country squire of Sagamore Hill on Long Island, a flamboyant civil service reformer in Washington, D.C., and a night-stalking police commissioner in New York City. As assistant secretary of the navy, he almost single-handedly brought about the Spanish-American War. After leading Roosevelts Rough Riders in the famous charge up San Juan Hill, Cuba, he returned home a military hero, and was rewarded with the governorship of New York. In what he called his spare hours he fathered six children and wrote fourteen books. By 1901, the man Senator Mark Hanna called that damned cowboy was vice president. Seven months later, an assassins bullet gave TR the national leadership he had always craved.

His is a story so prodigal in its variety, so surprising in its turns of fate, that previous biographers have treated it as a series of haphazard episodes. This book, the only full study of TRs pre-presidential years, shows that he was an inevitable chief executive. It was as if he were subconsciously aware that he was a man of many selves, the author writes, and set about developing each one in turn, knowing that one day he would be President of all the people..… (més)
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  MontanaMick | Jun 30, 2024 |
I really enjoyed this. I had already read, tr, the last romantic and mornings on horseback, so I wasn't sure how much more it could offer, but it really delivers. I've seen criticism of the details in the hunting scenes and, as an animal lover, I sympathize. It is, however, an important part of who Roosevelt was and helped lead to his tremendous contributions to conservation, so I say, grin and bear it, or skip them if you must. All in all, an unforgettable portrait of a remarkable man ( )
  cspiwak | Mar 6, 2024 |
Very good introduction to the life of our 26th president. This first volume of three will take you right up to the point of the death of William McKinley. ( )
  everettroberts | Oct 20, 2023 |
This is one of the great biographies of all time, certainly the greatest I have ever read. Thus it is also the greatest presidential biography I have ever read, and I've read nearly thirty such volumes. This is the first volume of Edmund Morris's three-volume biography of Theodore Roosevelt, covering the years from his birth to the moment his presidency began. Never have I read such a thoroughly researched, minutely detailed, yet stirring and compelling biography. This is a book that seems to overlook nothing, yet it propels the reader like a great novel. It is a masterful, unforgettable achievement, one which leaves me hungry for the second and third volumes. ( )
  jumblejim | Aug 26, 2023 |
So, TR is a complicated fellow. There are ample reasons to like and dislike young TR. Reading this gives you that uneasy feeling you get from seeing the sausage-esque underbelly of particular endeavors.

Regardless of how you feel about the first President Roosevelt--before or after reading this--it's a great biography and well-researched. I'm looking forward to diving into volume 2. ( )
  qaphsiel | Feb 20, 2023 |
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Biography & Autobiography. History. Military. Nonfiction. HTML:WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE AND THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time

A towering biography . . . a brilliant chronicle.Time

This classic biography is the story of seven mena naturalist, a writer, a lover, a hunter, a ranchman, a soldier, and a politicianwho merged at age forty-two to become the youngest President in history.

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt begins at the apex of his international prestige. That was on New Years Day, 1907, when TR, who had just won the Nobel Peace Prize, threw open the doors of the White House to the American people and shook 8,150 hands. One visitor remarked afterward, You go to the White House, you shake hands with Roosevelt and hear him talkand then you go home to wring the personality out of your clothes.

The rest of this book tells the story of TRs irresistible rise to power. During the years 18581901, Theodore Roosevelt transformed himself from a frail, asthmatic boy into a full-blooded man. Fresh out of Harvard, he simultaneously published a distinguished work of naval history and became the fist-swinging leader of a Republican insurgency in the New York State Assembly. He chased thieves across the Badlands of North Dakota with a copy of Anna Karenina in one hand and a Winchester rifle in the other. Married to his childhood sweetheart in 1886, he became the country squire of Sagamore Hill on Long Island, a flamboyant civil service reformer in Washington, D.C., and a night-stalking police commissioner in New York City. As assistant secretary of the navy, he almost single-handedly brought about the Spanish-American War. After leading Roosevelts Rough Riders in the famous charge up San Juan Hill, Cuba, he returned home a military hero, and was rewarded with the governorship of New York. In what he called his spare hours he fathered six children and wrote fourteen books. By 1901, the man Senator Mark Hanna called that damned cowboy was vice president. Seven months later, an assassins bullet gave TR the national leadership he had always craved.

His is a story so prodigal in its variety, so surprising in its turns of fate, that previous biographers have treated it as a series of haphazard episodes. This book, the only full study of TRs pre-presidential years, shows that he was an inevitable chief executive. It was as if he were subconsciously aware that he was a man of many selves, the author writes, and set about developing each one in turn, knowing that one day he would be President of all the people..

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