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Lion in the White House: A Life of Theodore Roosevelt Paperback – November 4, 2008
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Beautifully written, Teddy's achievements are detailed here- one great man whose actions and foresight laid the foundation for a greater America than the world might have known otherwise.
The Democrats and Republicans of 1900 wouldn't recognize the parties of today. TR's policies and passions were not shaped around tired but limited modern menus of the stereotypical "right" and "left." For example, he was for open immigration, which would displease many today. He also strongly believed that immigrants needed to speak English and become Americans, rather than something hyphenated, which would displease the rest of modern politicos. Get a grip, we're not going to bring America forward by wrapping ourselves in emptiness, we need to actually READ TR's advice and get off our collective butts, THINK, REASON and ACT:
"It is not the critic that counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly, who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
The author is a liberal who does not hide her disdain for the modern Republican Party. She also excessively highlights the influences of Lincoln on TR. (I wish the gentle influence of Lincoln, who was kind to animals, had been felt by TR when he went to Africa on safari and where he thought it useful to kill thousands of game animals.)