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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 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Auchincloss does a good job of detailing the essentials of his life.
Strange, then, that this effort from Auchincloss actually struck me as a bit TOO informal in the way that it jumps from chapter to chapter with no headings.
This book serves as a good introduction to Theodore Roosevelt to either satisfy or stimulate one's curiosity before indulging in a lengthier biography.
The first tape was really good. The second and third tapes got boring, but the first tape was worth the purchase!Published 1 month 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 2 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 2 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 14 months ago 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 20 months ago 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 20 months ago by I. Kant
These comments are for the Audio Renaissance book of "Theodore Roosevelt" by Louis Auchincloss. This audio book consists of 3 cassettes with a playtime of 4 hours. Read morePublished on January 5, 2012 by Paul Brooks
Theodore Roosevelt was one of the most dynamic presidents in the history of our country. After being born in affluence, he established himself as a man's man by becoming the leader... Read morePublished on June 28, 2010 by Andrew R. Allen
Masterful writing and insightful information does not make up for what is essentially introductory material into the amazing life of Theodore Roosevelt. Read morePublished on May 1, 2010 by Robert Tucker