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?