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Product Details

  • Series: On Leadership
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Reprint edition (January 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761515399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761515395
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roosevelt faced serious challenges personally and professionally as president. His wife and his mother died hours apart. Immersing himself in work, TR wrote hundreds of treatises and books, won the Nobel Peace Prize and launched the Panama Canal. Strock (Reagan on Leadership), a former government official, analyzes Roosevelt's leadership engagingly and insightfully, but draws few concrete business lessons from his career.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"The great thing about U.S. presidents is that as chief executives of the most complex organization on earth, their wisdom is invaluable to business leaders. This book renders its subject as an aggressive, risk-taking master of PowerPoint-friendly advice." --

"Vigorous is the best word to describe Teddy Roosevelt and Strock does a fine job of communicating the energy with which our 26th president approached every aspect of his life." -- Business Review Reader

"This book is filled with invaluable lessons for twenty-first century leaders. It deserves a place on every executive's bookshelf." -- John C. Maxwell, author of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, founder of INJOY

"Strock's book may well become a kind of Bible to many people, a manual for inspiration that people will keep in the office desk, on the bedside table, or in the briefcase for easy and quick renewal." -- Theodore Roosevelt Association Journal

More About the Author

James Strock is an entrepreneur and professional speaker. He is a recognized authority on 21st century leadership. He serves companies, professional services firms, not-for-profit organizations, government agencies and the military, in the US and around the world. Strock is the author of 'Serve to Lead,' 'Reagan on Leadership,' and 'Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership.' He can be reached at

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The chapters in this book are clearly structured.
Professor M.S.Rao, International Leadership Expert and Author of 30 Books on Leadership
James Strock has captured the life and times of the great "TR" in an incredibly well-written book.
Terry M. Johnston
It was Teddy's fortitude, courage and tenacity that propelled this great man.
Ted King

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Dodd on April 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
Theodore Roosevelt was many different things to many different people. Most of all, he was a charismatic leader who inspired himself and others to great achievements in a time when America was starting to come of age as an emerging world power. James Strock did a tremendous job in capturing the many leadership lessons that can be learned from the life and times of this extraordinary man.
The book's thirteen chapter titles do a good job of describing Roosevelt's leadership effectiveness: "Leading-wherever you are," "Always learning," "Action, action, and still more action," "Getting the best on your team," "Putting action into words," and "Putting words into action" to name just a few. At the end of each chapter is a listing of Roosevelt's leadership take-aways that can serve as an excellent primer on leadership. For example, "A leader should aim to build a life based on service, not a career based on advancing up a series of positions," "Strive to exemplify character," "Courage (physical and moral) can be developed as an act of will," and "Use simple, down-to-earth stories to communicate complex issues."
Throughout the book, Strock made great use of many colorful Roosevelt quotes and anecdotes, what I affectionately call, "Teddyisms," to reinforce his main points and help bring those points to life. Besides extensive research into the life, writings, and others' personal recollections of Roosevelt, Strock made many effective references to respected current leadership and management experts such as Stephen Covey, Peter Drucker, John Maxwell, and Warren Bennis. Those references proved to me that Roosevelt's leadership has stood the test of time and is certainly still applicable today.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The fact that Teddy Roosevelt was president during America's transistion into the 20the century, and the important lessons and context his actions and personality offer for American leadership in the 21st century, is the fulcrum for this very compelling and insightful book. TR was really the first modern president, who used the bully pulpit like no president before him (and without benefit of a T.V. camera), to inspire notions of preservation and conservation, corporate and personal responsibility, technological progress and innovation, and U.S.leadership in the world domain. There are many parallels to today, but some revealing contrasts, too. For example, the same man who built a world-class Great White naval fleet over the objections of many in Congress, organized the first international environmental conference. (Nowadays, as citizens and leaders, we tend to polarize between "pro-environment" and "pro-commercial development" and/or "pro-military".) As Strock writes, TR was indeed a "preacher militant"! Strock has written a sequel, in essence, to his very well-regarded book on Reagan and leadership; ironically, the Reagan book dealt with an "old-fashioned" presidency in terms of instilling fundamental values and restoring confidence in the American story, while TR, who predates Reagan as president by 80 years, is seemingly more of a "modern" president, invoking change and sustaining bigger government for specific purposes, and challenging all around him to soar to new heights.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "russkie" on May 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I just returned from watching the much ballyhooed film Pearl Harbor and meeting some of the survivors of the attack.Having just read Strock's book about Teodore Roosevelt I wondered again about the role of great men in history. This book successfully portrays TR as the epitome of the traditional American male--e.g. robust, intelligent,honest, brave, extremely individualistic, courageous,emotionally vulnerable, etcetera. Likewise,it aptly depicts TR as being more namely, one of history's great all-around leaders. I could not agree more.
The beauty of Strock's book is that it is more than a mini-biography and analytic profile, it is more than a readable and insightful business-leadership guide for success, it is more than a historical account of how great leaders are born and made. No, hidden in his inimitably sensitive and deeply perceptive prose is also a "call to arms",a cry d'couer. If you are a serious, informed, and intelligent reader you will sense this from the beginning TR quote..."the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood..." In an age where most of our national leaders spin their way out of their self-inflicted injuries and stupidities, at a time when most of our Congressional reps do not even own a passport, in a country where recent presidents, senators, governors, and mayors have never seen active duty in the defense of our nation and only sweat while jogging, STROCK'S TR summons all of us to be stronger than we are and better than we expect. To take the road less travelled and to fear naught. The true leader LEADS by example, always adheres to the truth, and never lowers his standards of honesty.
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