- Series: Oxford University Press Paperback
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; First Printing edition (December 9, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195134249
- ISBN-13: 978-0195134247
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,767,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In The Lion's Pride, Ed Renehan combines a vivid look at the bold, maddening, irresistible personality of Theodore Roosevelt with the little-known life stories of his four sons who risked everything trying to become all he insisted they be. This is a beautifully told tale, both heroic and harrowing."--Geoffrey C. Ward, author of The Civil War and Before the Trumpet: Young Franklin Roosevelt
"An elegant, compelling history of Theodore Roosevelt and his four sons, brimming with patriotism and pathos. A family saga of the most extraordinary nature."--Douglas Brinkley, University of New Orleans, author of The Magic Bus: An American Odyssey and editor of The Portable Theodore Roosevelt
"A wonderful book about one of America's leading families. No father, no son, no mother, no daughter could read it without tears. The Roosevelts--not just TR but the whole family--are larger than life, real heroes, the kind of men and women we would all like to be. Recommended without reservation--and with heartfelt thanks to Edward Renehan for a truly great read."--Stephen E. Ambrose, author of Undaunted Courage and Citizen Soldiers
"Since this is the centennial of the Spanish-American War, books on Theodore Roosevelt and his era have been falling like rain. Renehan's book is not a political or military history, but for those who aspire to a fuller understanding of Roosevelt's character, it is vital. Despite his blistering public image, Roosevelt was a gentle, if occasionally stern, parent who was intimately involved in his children's daily lives. Of course, he strove to inculcate them with his ideas of honor and duty. Thus, he was deeply wounded and guilt-stricken when his youngest child, Quentin, was killed in aerial combat during WWI. Roosevelt was undoubtedly the dominant figure in his children's lives; Renehan's portraits of the children further enrich a superb, real-life family saga."--Jay Freeman, Booklist
"Beguiling...Provide[s] a revealing portrait of the old Anglo-Saxon elite that once dominated American society."--Robert W. Merry, The New York Times Book Review
"An informative, well-written anecdotal account of the Roosevelts...Recommended for academic and public libraries and especially suitable for young adults."--Library Journal
"Renehan creates a story that is at once a family tragedy and the denouement of a way of thinking...Through previously unpublished family papers, judiciously chosen facts, and a moving narrative that skillfully parallels the personal and political, Renehan reveals a great deal about American society and politics, and about the culture of war. But most of all, he tells a sad story of the end of an era and the end of a man."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A warm, poignant picture of the relationship between Theodore Roosevelt and his six remarkable children, based on previously unpublished family letters, papers, and interviews...An unusual view of the human side of an extraordinary public figure."--Kirkus Reviews
"Renehan has a sure instinct for human interest. This engaging account of Theodore Roosevelt's idealization of military values and its effect on his children should appeal to historians and the general public alike, for it cuts to the core of the human experience through the eyes of an entire family."--William H. Harbaugh, author of Power and Responsibility: The Life and Times of Theodore Roosevelt
"An elegant, compelling history of Theodore Roosevelt and his four sons, brimming with patriotism and pathos. A family saga of the most extraordinary nature."--Douglas Brinkley, author of The Majic Bus: An American Odyssey and editor of The Portable Theodore Roosevelt
"Edward J. Renehan's insightful [volume] examines a small but poignant slice of the Roosevelt story...The Lion's Pride will have strong appeal to anyone who enjoys reading about Roosevelt or World War I. And it should resonate with any parent who has seen a son--or a daughter--off to war."--Harry Merritt, Bookpage
"Engrossing, well-written, poignant."--The Plain Dealer
"Edward Renehan has the gift of few biographers, allowing his affection for the subject to shine through."--American Statesman
"The details of the Roosevelts' boisterous family and public life...make this book especially memorable. [It] adds new dimensions to the fascinating and complex person who was Theodore Roosevelt."--Anderson (S.C.) Independent-Mail
About the Author
Edward J. Renehan, Jr., is the author of The Secret Six: The True Tale of the Men Who Conspired with John Brown and John Burroughs: An American Naturalist. He lives in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, with his wife and two children.
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Beginning with the Roosevelt Family background, the reader is introduced to Theodore Roosevelt, Sr., Greatheart to his family, who taught his children the duties which go with privilege. Greatheart made one decision which would have a profound impact on his progeny: he paid a substitute to take his place in the Union Army. The shame of his refusal to serve which drove TR and his sons to on the battlefields of the world to seek to redeem Greatheart's failure.
TR began his redemptive act during his service as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, from which post he played a major role in getting America ready for and into the Spanish American War. This objective achieved, TR began an insatiable quest to get to the Front. Leaving his family behind, he went to Texas to organize the Rough Riders, an improbable mixture of cowboys and Indians, lawmen and outlaws, westerners and Ivy League athletes. Through TR's persistence they were deployed to Cuba where they charged up San Juan Hill and into glory on July 1, 1898.
After having served as President during a time of peace, TR's marital ardor was again stirred by the coming of World War I. TR, an early and enthusiastic advocate of American preparedness and intervention, raked the neutrality policies of the Wilson administration with merciless fire.
With America's entrance into the war, the cry for TR to, once again, get to the Front arose, not only from TR himself, but from European allies. Georges Clemenceau argued that Roosevelt's was the "one name which summons up the beauty of American intervention" and demanded that Wilson "Send Roosevelt!" In a personal interview, TR had to compliment Wilson in a effort to get command of a division of volunteers. Neither TR, nor allies pleading for a liberating hero, would be satisfied. Wilson, besides being unwilling to give center stage to an aggressive and popular political opponent, recognized that the days of the "Charge Of The Light Brigade" were over. There was no place in modern war for a half-blind, overweight, infection and rheumatism ravaged amateur soldier with a record of insubordination. TR's proposed volunteer division, which would have attracted many of the Army's most promising officers, would have presented a major impediment to the administration's goal of a draft army.
Blocked from the Front, TR made speeches is support of the war effort, while all of his sons would be wounded in action. Ted Jr.. and Kermit served on the ground in Europe while Archie served with British forces in the Middle East and Quentin dueled in the skies over Europe. Many comparisons contrasted the active service of TR's sons with the positions in the rear held by the sons of the Kaiser. Ted, Jr.'s wife, Eleanor, along Woodrow Wilson's son, serviced with the YMCA in France, a fact which provided the basis for sarcastic comparisons. Quentin's death in a dog fight cast a pallor over Sagamore Hill and inflicted a wound from which TR would never recover.
After Quentin's death, TR's life rapidly wound down. Tropical diseases and years of strenuous life finally took their toll with TR's unexpected death on January 6, 1919.
The military service of the Roosevelt family would not end with the death of the Old Lion. His three surviving sons would serve in World War II, two of them dying in uniform. Ted, Jr.. would win the Medal of Honor, a decoration which TR had been denied.
"The Lion's Pride" tells the fantastic story of the life of an extraordinary family. It is the best telling of the World War I era of TR's life which I have found. To learn about either of these topics, "The Lion's Pride" is an excellent choice.
The author also gives us a glimpse into TR's father, Theodore Roosevelt, Sr., who was a very generous man with his time and money. After reading about him, I understood why TR valued public service.
Because the author focuses on the president, the reader will see how TR influenced his children to value public service. For example, all of his sons served in the military. Indeed, Quentin Roosevelt died as a pilot in a dogfight in World War I. The elder son, Theodore Roosevelt II, led the first wave on Utah Beach in Normandy on D-Day during World War II. He died of a heart attack some weeks later. Archie was declared 100% disabled in both World War I and World War II. Kermit also served well in both wars, but suffered from alcoholism and depression (TR's brother, who was Eleanor Roosevelt's father, also suffered from the same). Also, TR's youngest daughter, Ethel, served as a nurse in France in World War I.
This book is definitely worth reading to get a view of Theodore Roosevelt as a family man. I wish we had more elected officials like him today.
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