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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion Press (February 2004)
  • ISBN-10: 1414504934
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414504933
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,246,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Theodore Roosevelt is one of the most active of American historic figures. He dominated his era as a military leader of the ""Rough Riders"" in the Spanish American War, as a prosecutor, as President, as a naturalist, and as a writer."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jefferson Mitchell on November 23, 2012
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If you look for Thomas Hart Benton in your local library, you will probably find only books about the artist. This is a really excellent biography of Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri - one of the giants of American politics in the pre-Civil War era.
Benton was a southern slaveholder who believed - and said - that slavery was an evil that would eventually collapse. He insisted that slavery should not be extended beyond its 1820 limits. (Henry Clay also believed this, but was reluctant to say so.) Eventually, he was driven from the Democratic Party for his beliefs, but considered himself a Democrat for the rest of his life.
Anyone with an interest in the period must read this book!
Many of the low-price Kindle books are pretty shoddy products. This book is beautifully put together and is free from typos and mangled special characters. But wait - there's more! it has an active table of contents and an active index!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By An Old Geographer on November 21, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book, not so much because of what it says about Benton but because here you have Teddy Roosevelt writing as a young man, before he became a politician. He makes no attempt at objectivity, his biases and prejudices are all out there for everyone to see. He seems to delight in laying into people he doesn't like and praising those he likes.

I got this book because I wanted to know more about Thomas Hart Benton, but I think I learned more about Roosevelt than Benton. That made it really worthwhile for me. I highly recommend this to any fan of Teddy Roosevelt. He was a man of strong convictions even in his 20's. And he is a very good writer.
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After reading "Americas Great Debate" by Fergus Bordewich, I wanted to learn more about one of its central figures, Thomas Hart Benson. This Senator from Missouri, A Democrat representing the old south but also the new South(west). An orator, historian, indian fighter and man of Principle. A Unionist battling a mostly Southern Nullifiers. The author, Theodore Roosevelt, was a most suited writer. Both author and subject come from an era of tough swashbuckling leaders determined to make "Manifest Destiny" happen. This is a tale of the settling of Our country at its best and most courageous. My favorite was the story of a wild, massive bar fight among whose participants included Thomas Hart Benton and Andrew Jackson. They were evidently on opposite sides of the brawl. Andrew Jackson got shot and had to be carried out. He survived and became President. It's not certain who fired the shot. Jackson and Benton became friends and political allies. If one believes that todays politics is partisan and disappointingly unproductive then this tale will be an eye opener as well as fun reading
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By Terry Conaway on November 22, 2014
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Very difficult to read print is from photo. Would love to have read if I could enlarge the print. Thomas Hart Benton is a relative.
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