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Autobiography of Theodore Roosevelt Paperback – March 26, 2009
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Along with being completely inspired by a man of such high moral values, the factual anecdotes related in this book comfort you in the knowledge that this hero practiced what he preached. In a speech by his own hand, T.R. embodied his own life; "The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;...who strives valiantly...who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never known neither victory nor defeat."
T.R. was a naturalist, legislator, cowboy, businessman, soldier, author, conservationist, U.S.Read more ›
The first half of the book is essentially told chronologically. But when TR gets to his presidency, he tells the tale thematically. There are chapters on conservation, trust busting and other industrial issues, and two chapters on international affairs. Unfortunately, the book ends with his presidency and does not go into TR's world travels or his comeback bid in 1912. TR's dislike for his hand picked successor, President Taft, permeates the presidency chapters.
As with any autobiography, especially a presidential one, TR views himself as always right and his opponents as always wrong. His views on Taft are a good example of that. But that can hardly be viewed as a failing of the book, since that is a standard characteristic of these types of books.
If you want a first hand view of the man in the arena, what he tried to do and how he tried to lead his life, read the book.
Teddy's _Autobiography_ is a fun, conversational read. The formatting for the Kindle is good, but not great, and a table of contents would be greatly appreciated.
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Not quite the book I thought it would be,to drawn out at the beginning but got better towards the endPublished 3 months ago by Kevin
I interesting writing, in a very stream-of-consciousness way. Clearly divided into the various stages of his life. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Phyllis Kirk
This man had one hell of a life. With all of the things he has seen and done you would think this was fictional if not for the fact that he really did live and really was a US... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kevin S.
Enjoyed learning about his western states travels, but found some of his letters too long and detailed.Published 4 months ago by John R Hicks