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Product Details

  • Paperback: 82 pages
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar (December 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1115619489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1115619486
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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By J. Summerlin on November 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
Roosevelt seeks to prove that Cromwell's rise to power was the first modern struggle for religious, political, and social freedom. First, Roosevelt explores the actions of the Stuart kings and how those actions became more and more tyrannical and incompetent. Next, Roosevelt examines the Long Parliament and how Charles I's despotism forced the Members of Parliament to revolt. Roosevelt then studies how Cromwell came to the decision to have Charles executed after the second Civil War. Finally, the author looks at Cromwell's performance as a soldier and leader in the Scotch and Irish campaigns, particularly how he dealt with religious differences in his army. Roosevelt clearly supports Cromwell's actions up to the point of the Commonwealth. But Roosevelt makes his reservations with Cromwell's actions as Lord Protector clear: while Cromwell had good intentions, his manner of enforcing them and his unwillingness to compromise in politics were the causes behind the failure of greater religious, political, and social freedom in England.
Roosevelt writes with a passion and wit unseen in many current histories. As a non-professional historian, he is unrestrained by notions of objectivity, and he heaps scorn and insults upon the Stuart kings in a comical manner. Roosevelt obviously admires Cromwell, finding an excuse for almost all of Cromwell's actions, with the exception of Cromwell's actions as Lord Protector. That Roosevelt writes for an American audience is shown by his frequent mention of the American Revolution and Civil War as examples and comparisons. He contrasts Cromwell with Washington several times, although Cromwell did not quite match the character and abilities of Washington. Roosevelt's style is sometimes complicated, but his enthusiasm for his subject and his frequent forays into name-calling make for a highly entertaining biography. There are no citations of any kind, but there is an extremely detailed index.
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A somewhat shallow treatise on Cromwell, which is a disappointment, considering other works by and about T.R. the man. However, T.R.'s unique prose is still worth the read, particularly for those who are not interested in an in-depth biography, but more-or-less an outline of Cromwell's public life and accomplishments. This is for fans of T.R., the writer.
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Such a turbulent time in English history.

TR did a remarkable job of reporting and evaluating for posterity the events and effects of this turbulent time. I enjoyed his style.

In reading today's news of the ongoing troubles in Belfast, it makes me wonder if this was the beginning of this sad episode.

Jim

P.s. I did miss the illustrations by reading this book on kindle.
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What a wonderful surprise this book that I happened upon was! Roosevelt takes us into seventeenth century England. He describes the state of political and religious affairs there and constantly makes things understandable by making comparisons to American history. He views Cromwell from every aspect and what he has to contend with. Struggles around early democratic thinking and religious liberty, what to do with a weak duplicitous King, how to deal with extremists, the vast majority wishing liberty for their own religion only. He describes his great generalship as well as his massive cruelty especially in Ireland. He looks at a people conditioned to obeying an absolute monarchy for centuries and in the end he becomes Lord Protector with absolute powers but he also lays the foundation for a democratic parliament and for real religious liberty which was brought to fruition much later.
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This is a fascinating period of English history which greatly influenced development of England as a world power. However, the narrative doen't flow well and I found it difficult to follow the "story" of events. A difficult and non-satisfying read.
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