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Autobiography of Theodore Roosevelt Paperback – March 26, 2009
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Along with being completely inspired by a man of such high moral values, the factual anecdotes related in this book comfort you in the knowledge that this hero practiced what he preached. In a speech by his own hand, T.R. embodied his own life; "The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;...who strives valiantly...who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never known neither victory nor defeat."
T.R. was a naturalist, legislator, cowboy, businessman, soldier, author, conservationist, U.S.Read more ›
The first half of the book is essentially told chronologically. But when TR gets to his presidency, he tells the tale thematically. There are chapters on conservation, trust busting and other industrial issues, and two chapters on international affairs. Unfortunately, the book ends with his presidency and does not go into TR's world travels or his comeback bid in 1912. TR's dislike for his hand picked successor, President Taft, permeates the presidency chapters.
As with any autobiography, especially a presidential one, TR views himself as always right and his opponents as always wrong. His views on Taft are a good example of that. But that can hardly be viewed as a failing of the book, since that is a standard characteristic of these types of books.
If you want a first hand view of the man in the arena, what he tried to do and how he tried to lead his life, read the book.
Teddy's _Autobiography_ is a fun, conversational read. The formatting for the Kindle is good, but not great, and a table of contents would be greatly appreciated.
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Excellent read and gives information not found in other TR biographies I have readPublished 3 days ago by Penny Strong
Great story with loads of insights about a pretty interesting individual!Published 1 month ago by Dana E. Glidden
A strong leader when the U.S. needed to press onward in the industrial period and important developments in a free country.Published 2 months ago by Douglas G. Sanders
Good review of politics in that time frame! well organize!Published 2 months ago by Richard W Hendley
This makes a great doorstop. Read River of Doubt instead.Published 2 months ago by James W. Ferrill
I wish I had been alive to witness President Roosevelt lead our nation. He was a president I could stand behind. This book was a bit wordy but interesting for the most part. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer