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Theodore Roosevelt; an Intimate Biography [Kindle Edition]

William Roscoe Thayer
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.


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  • File Size: 422 KB
  • Print Length: 502 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TS0J1O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story-- almost reads like a novel July 12, 2011
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The author went to college with Teddy and stayed in touch with him over the years. To him, Teddy is a hero-- but that does not detract from the story. The author is an excellent writer and knows which points are important. With this book, the reader gets a good sense of the times and conditions of the era. Roosevelt's sense of ethics comes through. I recommend this book to history lovers.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book March 31, 2012
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I am very familiar with FDR but only knew Theodore Roosevelt as a rough rider and establisher of national parks. clearly the author is cheerleader for TR but that does not detract a bit. The history given in this book of our nation in this post civil war period, the epics of the bosses, and the political problems of dealing with monopolies and power hungry politicians was well presented and interesting. I came away with a profound respect for 'TEDDY'.

Dr.R. l. pendleton
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read September 6, 2012
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This book, while adulatory, is also very revelatory as to the politics and history of the day. It is impossible not to admire the man, and realize what one voice raised in well-founded outrage, when combined with such an able and determined politician, can achieve. Written by a schoolmate of Roosevelt, the language is delightfully true to the period and always lively. And the parallels with current national conditions are uncanny.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Preface September 7, 2012
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I suggest that anyone interested in Teddy Roosevelt read David McCullough's Mornings on Horseback before this book. I believe that knowing "Teedy's" early years will help immensely in understanding this book. I have just downloaded it and will supplement once I have read this one. McCullough's book is only a B+, but well worth reading. It addresses Theodore's parents, family, and time, and his early, sickly, childhood. j.b.h.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read October 25, 2013
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It was informative, well written. It was insightful to learn about his many political position and his significant influence on American culture, the government, as well as his integrity and sense of justice and fairness in governing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Natural Born Leader November 20, 2014
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The author was a friend and classmate of Teddy Roosevelt. There is no doubt that the biography is tainted with a biased observation of Roosevelt. Nevertheless the details of Roosevelt's life are fascinating. Even after reading a number of books on Roosevelt, this book offers more details that I hadn't read previously.
Once again I found a parallel between modern America and this book published in 1919. From the book:
1. "Legislatures existed simply to do the bidding of Big Business...they contributed impartially to the Republican and Democratic campaign funds...and their lobbyists worked harmoniously with either party...no wonder...the holders of public franchises marshaled all their forces against the Governor (Roosevelt)".
2. Roosevelt's words: "...The Republican Party strives to give wise and upright government to the State. When what I have said ceases to be true of either organization or party, it means that the organization or party is not performing its duty, and is losing the reason for its existence."

Although I personally object to Roosevelt's desire for declared war on Germany, I found it interesting how he responded to a question about what he would have done if he was President, after Germany issued a warning for people not to board the Lusitania. Roosevelt replied," ...I should have handed them (passports) to him (Bernstoff; the German Ambassador) and said," You will sail on the Lusitania yourself next Friday; an American guard will see you on board, and prevent your coming ashore."

Why can't we have men like this in leadership anymore?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but somewhat biased October 9, 2014
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Thayer does not try to hide that he was a close friend of Roosevelt (though they apparently did have some political differences). Thus, this book presents Roosevelt as a gigantic, Promethean figure in American life and letters. Don't read it for a balanced view of the man. Read it for its passionate intensity and advocacy. The final chapters on Roosevelt's post-presidency are especially compelling.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good enough to read, but hardly objective July 29, 2013
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Pretty good but biased. I was looking for an objective view of his life; this was more like a long fan letter. It did describe the major events but always from the view of an admirer, not an objective author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read
Published 1 month ago by irene juarez
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Quick read but had some interesting insights
Published 1 month ago by Dee C.
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting View from a Contemporary of TR
This is interesting as an evaluation of T Roosevelt by an admiring contemporary. Don't expect a historian's neutrality. The writing style is not the greatest. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cassandra
4.0 out of 5 stars He was a truly amazing man. After realizing his achievements I now...
I learned a lot about Theodore Roosevelt from this book. He was a truly amazing man. After realizing his achievements I now know why he is on Mt Rushmore. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bob S
4.0 out of 5 stars How did we get so far away from the path that was blazed by great,...
I found this book very enlightening, considering the way government is today. How did we get so far away from the path that was blazed by great, common men like Theodore... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Betty Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Interesting details about a great man and his successes and failures.
Published 1 month ago by William M. Erwin
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull book
This book is dull & slow moving. Details are so much as to hold little interest to any but the most avid of Roosevelt students.
Published 2 months ago by Kirk
4.0 out of 5 stars A great American & a life worth reading about.
Excellent description of the life of a great American. Occasionally, it appears the author is trying to show off his vocabulary; however, he does a great job of telling Teddy's... Read more
Published 3 months ago by D G Whitley
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive biography
Good detailed information. Prose sometimes flowery and a little over the top, but that can be explained by the period of time in which it was written. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tyler F. Patak
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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