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American Experience: TR: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt
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At no point in covering TR's life is there necessity to spice things up or add color. His story is a dizzying, wild ride that parallels the expansion of the nation, its influence, and its lifestyles from the Gilded Age of the Second Industrial Revloution to the War to End All Wars. Roosevelt was a precocious asthmatic child with insatiable curiosity and a love of taxidermy; a boxer at Harvard; a state legislator; rancher; sheriff; nationally respected naval historian; big game hunter and authoritative ornitholgist; a reformist New York City police commissioner; the Assistant Secretary of the Navy; a heroic volunteer colonel in the Spanish American War; Governor of New York; Vice President; and (upon the assassination of William McKinley) the youngest man ever to become President. All before his 43rd birthday!
You owe it to yourself to view this film and learn from the life of this incredible human being who was described as "a steam engine in trousers." He was a bit eccentric at times but he was NEVER boring. His life is certainly motivation to take life by the horns and live it to the fullest.
TR's entire life is depicted, with generous amounts of time being spent on his early years in New York. But the majority of the program is rightly devoted to TR in the period 1898-1909, where he went from Rough Rider to President. His private side is illuminated and one realizes he was a fascinating, though sometimes infuriating man; stubborn, headstrong, yet brilliant. It's all here: his ability to speak languages, his amazing memory, the fact he read a book every day, his passion for the outdoor life, his years at Harvard. His romances are here as well, including his early passion for eventual wife Edith, whom he threw over for his first wife, Alice. She died on the same day as TR's mother, and this dual blow is examined in detail.
This is a gorgeous film, photographed with care and produced with exquisite flair. If you're not especially interested in Roosevelt, you will be after viewing this documentary. If you are already a fan of TR, this will make you love him all the more.
He was truly one of our greatest presidents...Determined beyond belief.He did more to shpe our country than any otge president...before or after. He most definately was the peoples president.......Even tho he was born into great wealth....he chose to achieve his success on his own....and mixed with the working class and avoided the aloof rich.
Even tho he was a Republican...by party....he was no Conservative.......He leaned heavily to the Liberal attitude and fought for the working class......He had no use, or respect for the lazy... or corrupt.
I would recommend this film very highly.......and watching it once...is just not enough.....You will want to rewatch it...to see what you missed the first viewing.
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Delighted with my purchase. The dvd arrived as described by the Seller and it arrived ahead of schedule. Couldn't be happier.Published 12 months ago by Norman Eng
For me - it was wonderful! For high school kids, a little difficult to sustain the interest.Published 16 months ago by Michael Watson