From Publishers Weekly
Ruddy had his work cut out for him in assembling this history of the United States from the perspective of its 26th president. Roosevelt was a prolific writer, having penned enough for 20 volumes of collected works and written, it's estimated, more than 150,000 letters. Ruddy scoured a hefty portion of these writings, along with speeches, newspaper articles, and personal accounts left by associates, to create a colorful and highly opinionated account of some of the nation's most dramatic episodes. Though the book is comprised entirely of Roosevelt's own words, Ruddy is more than an anthologist; he's an adept editor, seamlessly stitching together passages from a myriad of sources to create a cohesive, informative, and always entertaining read. As a piece of American history however, the book is less valuable, its scope too large to allow for an in-depth examination of events. But as an intimate portrait of one of our most forceful leaders, it's a resounding success. Roosevelt's words breathe life into historical personalities long since reduced to ink and paper. Though his descriptions can be unflattering (Thomas Paine is deemed "a filthy little atheist," and William McKinley purportedly had "no more backbone than a chocolate éclair") they're certainly never dull.
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I have nothing but admiration for a young historian’s ingenuity in putting together what is, in a sense, a Rooseveltian apologia pro vita sua, with not one word of other argument interpolated...A splendid piece of work. (Edmund Morris)
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This is a book that everyone even faintly interested in American history will read with amazement and delight. It is nothing less than an historical experience, a journey into our past in the company of a unique and often startling time-traveller. (Thomas Fleming, author of THE INTIMATE LIVES OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS)
“Daniel Ruddy’s Theodore Roosevelt’s History of the United States is a marvelous omnibus showcasing our twenty-sixth president’s flashy wit, statesman-like grace, and original thinking. A real gift to the world.” (Douglas Brinkley, author of "The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt's and the Crusade for America")