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At no point in covering TR's life is there necessity to spice things up or add color. His story is a dizzying, wild ride that parallels the expansion of the nation, its influence, and its lifestyles from the Gilded Age of the Second Industrial Revloution to the War to End All Wars. Roosevelt was a precocious asthmatic child with insatiable curiosity and a love of taxidermy; a boxer at Harvard; a state legislator; rancher; sheriff; nationally respected naval historian; big game hunter and authoritative ornitholgist; a reformist New York City police commissioner; the Assistant Secretary of the Navy; a heroic volunteer colonel in the Spanish American War; Governor of New York; Vice President; and (upon the assassination of William McKinley) the youngest man ever to become President. All before his 43rd birthday!
You owe it to yourself to view this film and learn from the life of this incredible human being who was described as "a steam engine in trousers." He was a bit eccentric at times but he was NEVER boring. His life is certainly motivation to take life by the horns and live it to the fullest.
This documentary shows how dynamic Roosevelt was as President and how over a hundred years after he left the White House his policies and political decisions are still benefitting the United States today. His battles with big business and breaking up the trusts, working for child labor laws, helping to create the Panama Canal and his greatest gift to America the establishment of our National Parks system. He was a republican who battled his own party as much as he battled the democrats. He was a man who spoke his mind and backed them up with action. An avid reader as well as a writer, he wrote over 30 books in his lifetime, it is mentioned in the documentary that Roosevelt might have been the most intellectual person to become president since Thomas Jefferson and after watching "TR" I would tend to agree with that. I thought I knew a lot about the man until I watched this documentary and learned there was a lot more aspects to the man then I realized.
The documentary is on one DVD and about 4 hours in length broken up into four chapters. Each chapter looks at in order the events from his life.Read more ›
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Delighted with my purchase. The dvd arrived as described by the Seller and it arrived ahead of schedule. Couldn't be happier.Published 7 months ago by Norman Eng
For me - it was wonderful! For high school kids, a little difficult to sustain the interest.Published 10 months ago by Michael Watson
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