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Theodore Roosevelt: The American Presidents Series: The 26th President, 1901-1909 Hardcover – January 4, 2002
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He was also, writes Louis Auchincloss in this lucid biography, an extraordinary leader, "a political idealist who had the wisdom to know that only by astute and well-considered compromise in our legislative process could he hope to see enacted even a fraction of the social and military programs that he deemed ... essential to the welfare of his nation." Compromise he did, of course, though in the end the war hero and trustbuster could not bring the right wing of the Republican Party to see the wisdom of his reformist ways. The result, Auchincloss chronicles, was a terrible split, bringing about the defection of liberals from that once-liberal institution and the birth of a political war that still rages.
With a keen eye for political nuance and a clear appreciation for Teddy Roosevelt as a one-of-a-kind, self-made man, Auchincloss offers an engaging view of a great American president. --Gregory McNamee
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Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. has a standard Introduction to each volume. With respect to TR, some of his observations are apposite. On page xv, he says: "Great presidents possess, or are possessed by, a vision of an ideal America." Surely, that describes Roosevelt. At another point, Schlesinger says that (Page xv): "To succeed, presidents must not only have a port to seek but they must convince Congress and the electorate that it is a port worth seeking." Both observations seem to fit TR, where they did not fit Warren Harding or Chester Arthur or Rutherford Hayes or Benjamin Harrison or. . . .
The book begins by describing TR's rather well off childhood. Some problems. His beloved father dies prematurely. He had physical ailments. To address the latter, he exercised and even spent time in the Wild West, building himself up physically.
His public life began in rather exotic positions, such as president of New York City's Board of Police Commissioners. He was named as Assistant Secretary of the Navy after William McKinley's victory in the presidential campaign of 1896. After the Maine's destruction and the road to war with Spain, he resigned and, as we all know, became head of a group of troops named "The Rough Riders." After estimable service in Cuba, he returned as a war hero.Read more ›
The three cassettes are not stored in individual hinged boxes but are secured in a sturdy plastic case with a paperboard cover that opens like a small hardbound book. In fact the case is designed to stand up on edge making it an ideal storage medium for a library shelf or your home bookcase.
I would like to highlight two items I took away from this book.
The issues we confront today with the progressive movement - taxes, business regulations, and social policy - originated with TR's "Bull Moose" third party campaign during the 1912 presidential election. We are still wrangling over the same issues and hundred years later.
One of the chapters in this book consists of candid quotes from TR's letters. His way with words, caustic expressions and startling opinions are refreshing and surprising. I certainly enjoyed hearing them.
This audio book is part of the series "The American President" with Arthur M. Schlesinger as general editor. Different authors write these short biographies of the Presidents so you a presented with an assortment of perspectives and styles. I have previously listened too the audio versions of Jefferson, John Quincy Adams and Eisenhower and have read the Nixon volume. If you are inclined these volumes provide an excellent introduction to our history and the politics that rule and, at times, confound our destiny.
These volumes are certainly not the last word on the subject as I found out recently with I started listening to the Edmund Morris monumental three-volume biography of TR.
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Just the sort of book you need, to read up about one of the U.S.'s great presidents. It isn't too long, and not too short. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Greg Marlow
Interesting but I thought strangely , if not badly written, when I checked on the author. A light weight account but enjoyable.Published 23 months ago by Dale Gibb
As always it was very good, and very informative glad to add it to my collection.Published on June 30, 2014 by George Sandlin
The first tape was really good. The second and third tapes got boring, but the first tape was worth the purchase!Published on February 21, 2014 by Critical Cristy
Marvelous book on his political life and his accomplishments. It should his connections to the Republican party and how defeated corruption in government.Published on February 13, 2014 by RL
While a bit thinner that I had expected, it is a good synopsis of TR's Presidency and legacy, well written.Published on January 28, 2013 by Jeniup
Usually, the "American Presidents" books that I enjoy the most are the ones that aren't so formal and are a bit more relaxed. Read morePublished on August 24, 2012 by Zachary Koenig