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He was also, writes Louis Auchincloss in this lucid biography, an extraordinary leader, "a political idealist who had the wisdom to know that only by astute and well-considered compromise in our legislative process could he hope to see enacted even a fraction of the social and military programs that he deemed ... essential to the welfare of his nation." Compromise he did, of course, though in the end the war hero and trustbuster could not bring the right wing of the Republican Party to see the wisdom of his reformist ways. The result, Auchincloss chronicles, was a terrible split, bringing about the defection of liberals from that once-liberal institution and the birth of a political war that still rages.
With a keen eye for political nuance and a clear appreciation for Teddy Roosevelt as a one-of-a-kind, self-made man, Auchincloss offers an engaging view of a great American president. --Gregory McNamee
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Just the sort of book you need, to read up about one of the U.S.'s great presidents. It isn't too long, and not too short. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Greg Marlow
Interesting but I thought strangely , if not badly written, when I checked on the author. A light weight account but enjoyable.Published 9 months ago by Dale Gibb
As always it was very good, and very informative glad to add it to my collection.Published 12 months ago by George Sandlin
The first tape was really good. The second and third tapes got boring, but the first tape was worth the purchase!Published 16 months ago by Critical Cristy
Marvelous book on his political life and his accomplishments. It should his connections to the Republican party and how defeated corruption in government.Published 16 months ago by RL
I read all the Biographies of the Presidents by way of the Presidential series. If you are going to do it, read John Hancock first because he was the first Continental Congress... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Frank Anderson
While a bit thinner that I had expected, it is a good synopsis of TR's Presidency and legacy, well written.Published on January 28, 2013 by Jeniup
Usually, the "American Presidents" books that I enjoy the most are the ones that aren't so formal and are a bit more relaxed. Read morePublished on August 24, 2012 by Zachary Koenig
I'm reading the entire Schlesinger series on the Presidency in chronological order, so this is my 26th one. This TR bio is one of the weaker volumes in the series. Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by I. Kant