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"A sheer and informative profile, satisfying to any general reader wanting an introduction that imparts, as the author promises, a "reliable account of what made Theodore Roosevelt so important in American history."' - Booklist


"Gould gives readers cradle-to-grave coverage of the man who became our 26th president. He uses the theme of fame as the prism for viewing Roosevelt's life, and this works well, as TR spent his adult life drawing the public eye." -Kevin R. Kosar, The Weekly Standard


"This significant biography can be surmised that Roosevelt's life might be divided into three areas: his rise to the White House, the two terms in the White House, which were lively, and achievements in world diplomacy." -San Francisco Book Review


"How do you say anything meaningful in a 73-page comprehensive biography of one of the most complex figures in American history? Here's how... Gould's book is a quite worthy addition to the ever-expanding canon on Roosevelt."--Lawyers, Guns, and Money


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Lewis L. Gould is Eugene C. Barker Centennial Professor Emeritus in American History at the University of Texas at Austin. His books include The Presidency of Theodore Roosevelt and The William Howard Taft Presidency.
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  • Hardcover: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (January 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199797013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199797011
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.7 x 5.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #803,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By John Broesamle on January 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The most fascinating President since Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt has inspired a host of scholarship in recent years. Lewis L. Gould is a master of Roosevelt's life and era, and this new brief biography brings the Rough Rider alive. The book is a model of concise interpretation, written for anyone wishing to gain a quick understanding of how Roosevelt and his contemporaries altered the course of American history.
John Broesamle
Professor Emeritus of History
California State University, Northridge
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By go Mozart on January 7, 2012
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Even though I am not a history buff, I find that reading Gould's account of Theodore Roosevelt is easier than drinking water--in large gulps! It all flows so easily and everything is so clear, although there is a great amount of information. A compelling read and a brilliant achievement!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joella Werlin on January 9, 2012
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A wonderful book, short and readable, but rich in scope; light in the hand, handsomely printed and bound. I find so much in it, history I never learned, or hooks for bits I do know but never understood in context. The shadows of Gould's files are staggering, so there is special genius here, in the exercise of self-restraint to produce this compact gem.

TR is perfect reading for railroad travel in the Northwest, given our legacy of railroad baron hustling and land scandals, which TR was so boldly willing to confront. Gould reminds us of TR's gutsy appointment of Gifford Pinchot to set policy for stewardship of national forests, leading to a transfer of national forest management into Dept. of Agriculture (leaving a very odd division of responsibility for forest management between BLM and Interior. Sadly, those idle, but magnificent, federal forest lands are bankrupting rural Oregon counties today.)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kentucky Bibliophile on January 14, 2012
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As a college history professor, I have seen many changes in students' attitudes and interests over the years. Yet one topic, above all, remains a constant favorite: Theodore Rooosvelt. Students invariably respond to stories about TR and his fascinating, crowded life. I have wished for a short, reliable biography that would nurture and sustain that interest. Regrettably, there has been none to assign. Until now.

Lewis Gould, who has published scholarly works on McKinley, Roosevelt, and Taft, among others, drew upon his lifetime of research and reflection to produce this magnificent volume. In seventy-five concise pages of text, Gould explains why TR continues to cast a magic spell over the American imagination almost a century after his death.

Gould's volume is particularly welcome in this election year as voters consider to what purposes candidates might use their celebrity in the White House.

This book will enlighten and inspire anyone interested in the American presidency.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Carl-Mitchell on January 15, 2012
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Dr. Gould's book on Theodore Roosevelt is an engrossing overview of a complicated and fascinating man through the lens of fame. At a time when history seems to be repeating itself, with corporations having so much power and citizens so little, when forces are trying to roll back environmental and consumer protection to 19th century levels, it's important to be reminded of a man who faced similar challenges one hundred years ago and who created progressive goals that are still valid today.

In this book, Dr. Gould clearly and concisely tells the story of a man who envisioned a country where everyone would have a square deal, still a worthy goal today. According to Dr. Gould, Roosevelt's 1912 Progressive Party agenda included "government regulation of large corporations, a graduated income tax, a 'living wage' for all industrial workers, a minimum wage for women, a national department of health and the creation of an insurance program for old age." Theodore Roosevelt's ideas and force of personality still resonate in the 21st century.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Erik Raymond on March 18, 2013
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Like so many readers I am drawn to biographies. I recently picked up a biography on Teddy Roosevelt because I have been intrigued by his almost mythical status in American folklore. Upon seeing Lewis L. Gould's shorter (100 page) biography on Roosevelt I knew I could not pass it up.

The book is a brisk walk through cavernous museum that is Roosevelt's life. In this sense it serves to whet your appetite for more while providing a solid introduction to the man who seemed almost larger than life.

It is hard to imagine Roosevelt standing on the public stage in our day. His personality and celebrity status would be magnified even greater than it was in the early 1900's. Consider the images of him riding with the cowboys in the Midwest or training for the Spanish-American War with his rough-riders! Imagine his opposition to Presidents Taft and Wilson in the day of social media? But Roosevelt was a man for his time and a man for the nation. His shrewdness matched with his celebrity status to keep him in the national spotlight and impact change in our quickly developing industrial country.

Three images from the book stuck out to me:

First, the sudden death of Roosevelt's first wife Alice. After her surprising and tragic death Roosevelt named his daughter after her but refused to call her by name out of the pain of remembering her. This guy who was larger than life was stung repeatedly by the pains of life.

Second, the image of Roosevelt training a band of men to go to war in Cuba. I cannot imagine seeing him and his mustache riding about and charging the hills. It seems like something out of an old movie.

Third, Roosevelt's appointment of Gifford Pinchot to set policy for stewardship of national forests.
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