"In Becoming TR, Vietze celebrates the extraordinary qualities of two men: the one largely unsung, the other well-known, larger than life, but rarely shown in so intimate and human a light. It is a joy to read." --Maine Sunday Telegram
"Now the friendship between Roosevelt and Sewall is fully explored. . ." --Boston Globe
"(An) amazing, true-life tale of lasting camaraderie between great men of strikingly different backgrounds and stations. Highly recommended." --Midwest Book Review
"It's easy to see why the author has won awards for his historical writing . . . it flows at times like a good novel. . . crucial reading for anyone interested in TR." --Big Sky Journal
Andrew Vietze, the former managing editor of Down East: The Magazine of Maine, has written for a wide variety of magazines and online publications, including Time Out New York, The New York Times’ LifeWire, Weather.com’s Forecast Earth,Crawdaddy!, AMC Outdoors, Popmatters, Hooked on the Outdoors, Explore, Offshore, Big Sky Journal, MaineBiz, and Maine Times. Two of his pieces for Down East have won awards for feature writing from the International Regional Magazine Association.
Becoming Teddy Roosevelt: How a Maine Guide Inspired America’s 26th President won a silver medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards, was honored by the Maine State Legislature, and was a 2010 Book of the Year Award finalist in the biography category. It also spent weeks on the Maine Sunday Telegram‘s bestseller list and inspired the Lunder New Naturalists program at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, which uses the story of Theodore Roosevelt as an entry point for middle schoolers into the world of conservation. More than 19 schools and 600 students, are now part of the statewide program.
Vieteze spends six months of each year as a ranger in the wilds of the Katahdin region.
Great book on Teddy Roosevelt before he becomes famous and a great and prequel to his travels to the Amazon River in River of Doubt.Published 17 months ago by Gertrude
Interesting if you'd like to learn a lot about Sewell, Maine loggers, and what probably influenced TR. it helped me round out my understanding of T. Roosevelt.Published 23 months ago by Craig
This is a good book, much new material on TR's formative years and impact of Bill Sewall, his Maine guide, on transforming the younger Teddy Roosevelt from a sickly young man to a... Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by Nine-Mile Mike
Theodore Roosevelt was a sickly child who suffered from severe asthma. Despite his weakness and ill health, he was brought up in a loving home with parents and kin who fostered his... Read morePublished on February 11, 2012 by Christian Engler
This book is wonderfully written, and provides a different perspective on Teddy Roosevelt. Mr. Veitz has done a great job on showing the relationship between Mr. Roosevelt and Mr. Read morePublished on January 28, 2012 by SCG
I titled this review as, "A History Lessons Demonstrating the Value of Integrity, Loyalty, Friendship, and Hard-work" which seems both lofty and a bit preachy... Read morePublished on January 22, 2012 by CKE
Becoming Teddy Roosevelt-How a Maine Guide
Inspired America's 26th President is a wonderful
book about the life and times of Teddy Roosevelt. Read more
"I was never all that much interested in Theodore Roosevelt ... That all changed, though, when I discovered he'd climbed Mount Katahdin ... Read morePublished on December 17, 2011 by Mr. Joe