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Colonel Roosevelt Paperback – October 18, 2011
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This book does contain detailed, authoritative accounts of some of the most dramatic events in Theodore Roosevelt's life -- the assassination attempt he followed with the announcement "Ladies and gentlemen, I don't know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose[,]" and a ninety-minute speech, given with blood spreading slowly across his waistcoat; his hunting safari in Africa; his near-death experiences mapping the then-unexplored River of Doubt in Brazil (now named the "Rio Roosevelt" in his honor). If, like me, you followed reading Morris' prior volumes with Roosevelt's own autobiographical works -- the Autobiography of Theodore Roosevelt,...Read more ›
Morris begins with his subject (whose insistence on being referred to post-presidency as "Colonel Roosevelt" provides the inspiration for the book's title) on safari in Africa, the first leg of a year-long voyage abroad. Designed to give his handpicked successor, William Howard Taft, an opportunity to flourish outside of his long shadow, Roosevelt's trip continued with a triumphal tour of Europe, one that the author recounts in meticulous detail. Returning to universal acclaim, he also confronted a divisive political scene, with the dominant Republican Party torn by increasingly acrimonious infighting between its progressive and conservative wings. After an initial silence, Roosevelt joined the fray, campaigning for a number of progressive Republicans in the 1910 midterm elections.Read more ›
Compared to the first two books in the series, Morris seems to have gained in confidence, or perhaps the sources from this period allow more definitive conclusions. There are fewer qualifications and stronger color in the writing. The other major difference is Roosevelt's position during this time allowed him to participate in world affairs and anything else that interested him, without any restrictions of public office. The first book is the most adventurous, but Roosevelt was not a major global or even national player. The second book is a little less fun to read due to the necessity of describing details of politics and administration. Only in Colonel Roosevelt does his mature personality shine through without cloud.
There isn't much more to say. This is among the greatest popular biographies ever written, about one of history's most exciting characters. I definitely recommend reading the three books in order, but if you will only read one, I think this is the best choice.
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Not very interesting. The stories did not complete a chapter. Jumped around a lot.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
This trilogy should be standard curriculum in every public school. Not only because the vocabulary would expose the massive gaps in public education, but further because the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Austin Jones
The three volume series on Theodore Roosevelt is one of the best biographies I have read. Well written works on a fascinating individual.Published 3 months ago by David Genet
Great book! Read the entire 3 part series for a look into the life of an American legend. I came away with a sense of an incredible human being who drove himself to greatness... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Greg
Very well written as were the other 2 in the TR Trilogy. Great insights into the life of one of the most dynamic individuals in history. Would highly recommend all 3 books.Published 5 months ago by Wallace J Monahan