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The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt Hardcover – Deckle Edge, November 23, 2010
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Praise for The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
“Magnificent . . . one of those rare works that is both definitive for the period it covers and fascinating to read for sheer entertainment.”—The New York Times Book Review
“A towering biography . . . a brilliant chronicle.”—Time
“Theodore Roosevelt, in this meticulously researched and beautifully written biography, has a claim on being the most interesting man ever to be President of this country.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Spectacles glittering, teeth and temper flashing, high-pitched voice rasping and crackling, Roosevelt surges out of these pages with the force of a physical presence.”—The Atlantic Monthly
“[Morris’s] prose is elegant and at the same time hard and lucid, and his sense of narrative flow is nearly flawless. . . . The author re-creates a sense of the scene and an immediacy of the situation that any skilled writer should envy and the most jaded reader should find a joy.”—The Miami Herald
“A monumental work in every sense of the word . . . a book of pulsating and well-written narrative.”—The Christian Science Monitor
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Described by the Chicago Tribune as "a classic," The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt stands as one of the greatest biographies of our time. The publication of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt on September 14th, 2001 marks the 100th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt becoming president.
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These growing years thus set the tone for a lifetime of pushing himself to be physically fit, exploring the extremes of climate and nature’s challenges, talking and learning from the “common man” in each environment he travels and lives in. He discovers the joy of hunting, writing history (especially naval history), ranching and cattle raising, fighting and being a soldier and leader of fighting men. We see him plunge into life, from the “Wild West”—the Dakotas—to the jungles of Cuba. His robust enthusiasm for life grows, his fascination with politics grows, his confidence and magnetism grow. He climbs up the political ladder until he becomes the “Boy Governor” of New York, and later Vice-President of the United States-- just as McKinley is shot and dies. Roosevelt was 42 years old when he became President.
What I liked most about this book is the inspirational character himself. Roosevelt was a stand-up guy who almost always did (or tried to do) the right thing. The fact that he was often successful just highlights his moral qualities. His failures too - and there were many - make him simultaneously more human and relatable.
As a 38 year old writing this review I found myself thinking: I don't think we've ever had a truly GREAT president in my life time. Without getting political, I know Reagan and Clinton and Obama have their admirers...but were any of them truly inspirational characters? Personally I haven't felt it. Roosevelt makes you FEEL the inspirational quality.
Not just his moral character, which was very strong, but his numerous actions, and the way he lived his life, and the things he did, whether you agree with them or not (such as killing for sport), was very inspirational. I found myself wondering about other past presidents I know little about and how I'd like to learn more about their lives too, especially George Washington who is such a revered (and yet unknown) president.
You do learn a bit about some past presidents in this book as well including Grover Cleveland and William McKinley and Benjamin Harrison. Harrison was the worst of the three, although Cleveland wasn't much better (although he seems to have been very clever). McKinley was probably the best president of the three, but certainly not a stellar figure. The book doesn't talk at all about Roosevelt as president (hence, 'the rise of'), so we don't get to learn about what he actually did as the boss man in this massive tome. So that was a bit of a disappointment, but certainly not a reflection on the quality of the book itself.
The book is VERY detailed and sometimes I found myself getting a bit bored with some of the details of passing legislation as Roosevelt the assemblyman, and those kinds of things, but you can skim the book in parts and still get a very vivid idea of the man. Honestly I didn't skim as much of the book as I could have just because it was mostly so interesting to me, but it would certainly be possible if you wanted to save time.
I recommend this book if you want to learn about one of the truly great Americans that ever lived. If you want to be inspired to live your life to the fullest and to maximize your potential, well this book is a detailed examination of how to make that happen - more so than any self-help guide on the matter in my opinion.
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