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Robert Louis DeMayo took up writing at the age of twenty when he left his job as a biomedical engineer to explore the world. Over the next fifteen years he traveled to every corner of the globe, spending almost eight years abroad and experiencing approximately one hundred countries. He is a member of The Explorers Club. During his travels he worked extensively for the travel section of The Telegraph, out of Hudson, NH. For three years he worked as marketing director for Eos, a company that served as a travel office for six non-profit organizations and offered dives to the Titanic and the Bismarck, Antarctic voyages, African safaris and archaeological tours throughout the world. After, Robert worked for three years as a tour guide in Alaska during the summers and as a jeep guide in Sedona, Arizona, during the winter. He was general manager at A Day in the West, a Jeep tour company in Sedona before he decided to write full time. He is the author of The Making of Theodore Roosevelt, a fictionalized account of Roosevelt´s acquaintance with wilderness living, and The Cave Where the Water Always Drips, an adventure tale set in modern and colonial times of the Southwest. Currently he resides in Sedona with his wife Diana and three daughters: Tavish Lee, Saydrin Scout, and Martika Louise. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Wayward Publishing (February 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983345317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983345312
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,162,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Louis DeMayo took up writing at the age of twenty when he left his job as a biomedical engineer to explore the world. Over the coming years he traveled to every corner of the globe, experiencing approximately one hundred countries. He is a member of The Explorers Club and The Archaeological Institute of America. During his travels he worked extensively for the travel section of The Telegraph, out of Hudson, NH.

For three years he worked as marketing director for Eos, a company that served as a travel office for six non-profit organizations and offered dives to the Titanic and the Bismarck, Antarctic voyages, African safaris and archaeological tours throughout the world. Following this, Robert worked for three years as a tour guide in Alaska during the summers and as a jeep guide in Sedona, Arizona, during the winter.

He was general manager at A Day in the West, a Jeep tour company in Sedona before he decided to write full time. He is the author of The Making of Theodore Roosevelt, a fictionalized account of Roosevelt´s acquaintance with wilderness living, The Light Behind Blue Circles, a mystery thriller set in Africa, The Cave Where the Water Always Drips, an adventure tale set in modern and colonial times of the Southwest, and Random Thoughts from the Road, a collection of poetry and prose.

His most recent novel, The Wayward Traveler, won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. This memoir-based story follows, Louis, a young adventurer, who runs out of money while abroad and creates a list of Rules for Survival to get by.

Currently he resides in Hollis, N.H. and Sedona, AZ, with his wife Diana and three daughters: Tavish Lee, Saydrin Scout, and Martika Louise.

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I highly recommend this book for anyone of any age.
Charlie
Robert DeMayo has presented the reader with a vivid look at the hardships to be endured in the North Maine Woods during the long winters.
Rod
This book is historical fiction; some of the characters are real, others are based on the author's imagination.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kate119 on September 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book explores an aspect of Theodore Roosevelt's life that is not usually addressed when it comes to information regarding this president. Although this is a fictionalized story, DeMayo perfectly presents the essence of a young Roosevelt. The story is based on local recollections of Roosevelt's visits to the wilds of Maine where he learned the ways of the woods. DeMayo seamlessly captures the local vernacular and paints an accurate picture of the time in which the story is set. The story is an enjoyable read that is appropriate for young adults as well as adults.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By justl on August 6, 2012
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This book is historical fiction; some of the characters are real, others are based on the author's imagination. The vivid descriptions of the various seasons in Aroostook County and the life of the guides and loggers are very well done. The author ably brings to life such Maine events as the seemingly incessant accumulations of ice and snow, winter's biting cold, summer's biting flies, the delicacy known as bean hole beans, diverse wildlife, rugged camp life, hazardous river navigation, etc. The evolution of Theodore Roosevelt from a sickly young man to a self-confident adult is well handled. The repartee between TR and his guide, Bill Sewall, swapping quotes from Longfellow and other literary giants as well as TR receiving wise counsel from the veteran woodsman during their many hours together in the outdoors, is inspiring. Scenes from TR's days as a student at Harvard and his relentless courtship of Alice Hathaway Lee, round out the book. TR was exposed to an education not available in Cambridge and, to his great credit, he immersed himself in it. The Making of Theodore Roosevelt is a good read for adults and is also suitable for younger readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rod on September 4, 2012
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Robert DeMayo has presented the reader with a vivid look at the hardships to be endured in the North Maine
Woods during the long winters. This book is very educational and entertaining I recommended it to
anyone who is interested in reading about history and outdoor adventure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gayle pace on August 13, 2013
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THE MAKING OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT is an account of the early journeys of Teddy Roosevelt. The setting is in the northern woods of Maine in 1878. Mr. DeMayo has presented a vivid outlook on the hardships that the wilds of Maine can present. The author takes you along on the journeys as you see the change of the well known historic figure. Mr. DeMayo shows you a side of Theodore Roosevelt that isn't usually written about. The young Roosevelt and his adventures to the Maine wilds. Here is where he learned about the woods. The book is well written. Even though it is a historical fiction read, there is a lot to be learned as the book is not only interesting but educational. I feel the book will be of interest to the young and the young at heart. It is truly a book that I want to keep on my shelf and re-read. The author brings the past to us as we journey with Teddy on his adventures. I liked that the book was not too fast paced. It allowed you to take it all in and picture everything in your mind.. This book may be a fictional account but it seems so real in every aspect. Wonderful writing to be able to take fiction and make it seem real. One great historical, interesting and educational read.

I would give this book 5 STARS.

I was given a complimentary copy of THE MAKING OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT from the author, Robert Louis DeMayo for my honest view.

The cover deserves a 5 STARS too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rebecca stoneking on June 24, 2013
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Theodore Roosevelt is one of my favorite presidents. I had always thought his zest for life and go-get'em attitude was just the way he was. I guess I was wrong. "The making of Theodore Roosevelt" by Robert Louis DeMayo is a novel based on true to life events that tells the story of how Teddy went from being the snooty, wimpy, know-it-all to being the man we all know and love. DeMayo follows Roosevelt from New York into the woods of Maine where he learned to care for himself and be a man. His guide, Bill, and Bill's nephew Wilmot, take in Roosevelt and his two cousins to fish, hunt, and be manly. Theodore keeps coming back. He learned he was in his element. An element he never knew existed.

This book not only introduces the reader to the making of Roosevelt, but it also gives the reader and pleasant look at 19th Century Maine and the ways of living in the rough during those times. At times I couldn't figure out why they were doing stuff; it sounded to me like a good way to die, but the men in the story found it to be a grand adventure. I would think men would get more from reading this novel, simply because they would understand the whole do or die thing better. The book is well written and well researched. I wish the author had gotten inside Theodore's head a little more. That is a personal preference. I would give it a B+. I received this book for free from the author through the www.bookblogs.ning.com website.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sue M. on March 25, 2013
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This story had me captivated right from the first chapter. Although this is a book about a historical figure, even those who do not like history will enjoy reading this. Although the main character was a former U.S. President, it is not political. Even those who loathe politics will love this book. The writer is able to take the reader on a journey through the wilderness of Maine, experiencing the weather, smelling the aromas of the forests, seeing the animals and enjoying the adventure as though you were right there alongside the characters. This story can easily be read by young and old alike and be enjoyable for any age group. One would never know that portions of this story are a fictional and not purely biographical. Outstanding writing. I highly recommend this book!
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