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The Perilous Adventures of the Cowboy King: A Novel of Teddy Roosevelt and His Times Hardcover – Illustrated, January 8, 2019
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About the Author
- Publisher : Liveright; Illustrated edition (January 8, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1631493876
- ISBN-13 : 978-1631493874
- Item Weight : 1.28 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #255,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this page-turning volume, he manages to give Teddy Roosevelt a real personality--that of a loving father, husband and a fighter for the little man--even though he was not of that class personality...like his cousin FDR--he will be accused of being a traitor to his class...but to hear Jerome Charyn's take on it all--is so refreshing and so personal. I love this man and his writing and once spoke to him on the phone and he was most gracious..
You will love this book and you too will become a "Charyn fanatic" and start on his other works...Johnny One Eye being one of my favorites as well...Enjoy...Prof. Rene Vallee
As someone who has admired Roosevelt since childhood, I know a great deal about his life, from his childhood on, and this hisorical fiction is a lovely peek into what some of his daily interactions might have been like.
Upon returning to the east as a reformer of the civil service and the police he was recognized for his honesty and competency. Later "Teedie" was appointed Asst. Sec. of the Navy, but resigned to organize his "Rough Riders'. On foot he led the charge up San Juan/Kettle Hill in Cuba. Upon returning home he was a true war hero. McKinley, despite objections from Republicans bosses, had him as his running mate With McKinley's assassination the almost mythical political career of Theodore Roosevelt moved forward. In short this is one "Bully" of a tale of America's only "Bullmoose" president.