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Bully Boy: The Truth About Theodore Roosevelt's Legacy Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 8, 2006
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* How TR's regulations, tariff and "trust busting" policies harmed consumers
* How TR's foreign policy undermined the Monroe Doctrine and set precedents for future intervention in conflicts with no clear threat to U.S. security
* How TR's Meat Inspection Act and Pure Food and Drugs Act were used predominately as special interest legislation and set the foundation for the future FDA "drug lag," which has killed thousands
* How TR's conservation policies were counterproductive
* How TR's tax policies help to establish the federal income tax
While Powell's assessment of TR cannot be found in most history books, Bully Boy is well researched and documented with approximately 29 pages of notes and a 21 page bibliography. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to people that either love or loathe TR.
Many people will obviously disagree with Powell's conclusions or will support the consequences and precedents of TR's policies that appear to trouble Powell. I look forward to reading both the positive and negative reviews of this book. My hope is that those who disagree with Powell can provide more substance than the ad hominem attacks (e.g. "smut," "garbage," "reactionary claptrap") and other rhetorical fallacies that were the main locus of criticism for FDR's Folly and Wilson's War
Powell's view point in Bully Boy is similar to that in FDR's Folly, but a little less detailed. He provides a strong chronological look at T. Roosevelt's entire political career, with his major focus on its consequences, especially during Roosevelt's presidency.
One area that evidently eluded me during my years in school was the fact that T. Roosevelt was a Republican (pretty much in name only), but his politics were radical, liberal and progressive. As a result, he believed in a huge, powerful central government, led by a president who has a lot of individual power at his disposal. Roosevelt felt America's involvement in war was the noblest of endeavors, and as an aggressive expansionist president, continuously involved the American military in senseless, imperialistic takeovers of foreign governments like the Hawaiian Islands, Panama, Cuba, the Philippines, and even eyed countries in South America, even though not a single one of these military actions involved the national security of the United States. And many, if not most of these conflicts were done without Constitutionally mandated congressional approval. As the president, Roosevelt felt he had the power and the right to commit American military forces anywhere he deemed them necessary, and without anyone's approval.
Powell asserts that Roosevelt's famous "trust-buster" reputation was a sham.Read more ›
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This is a great and informative book, in spite of the unnamed idiot from Publisher's Weekly who considers this revisionism, let alone at its worst. Read morePublished 14 months ago by J. Brian Tracey
A valuable contribution to explicating the origins of US corporatism and imperialism. It's clear why today's progressives and neocons both claim TR as an important contributor to... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Scott Ullery
Easy and comprehensible writing. This book does not waste your time and pummels the record of teddyPublished 18 months ago by joshua scott
As of this writing, California is going through one of its serve droughts and has resulted in extremely low levels of water at the Folsom and Shasta dams. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Efrem Sepulveda
I thought this book was a great expose on debunking many of the myths surrounding Teddy. Although most people have fond memories of FDR, Teddy still has a grand image and it's... Read morePublished on June 28, 2012 by Robert Kirk
As a historian and economist the times Roosevelt lived in were dramatically tilted toward the industrialists with an immense amount of power and do what you want attitude. Read morePublished on September 15, 2009 by EAJ
A great review of TR, his idea's, and their consequences. Systematically shows how TR was in fact not one of the greatest presidents of the US, but in fact a disaster. Read morePublished on July 5, 2009 by Deb Sturdivant
Although I consider myself very much pro-laissez faire capitalism, a few of the chapters in this book are not very convincing, which detracts from the overall utility of the book. Read morePublished on May 11, 2008 by Doug