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When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt After the White House Paperback – March 10, 2006
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O 'Toole's book covers the last ten years of Roosevelt's life, a time of retirement for a man who was not yet ready to retire. She follows Roosevelt on his African safari, his triumphant tour of Europe, the split with President Taft, the 1912 campaign, the Brazilian expedition, World War I and his preparations to run for President again in 1920. It is a fascinating and enjoyable journey that one undertakes in reading this book and I am glad that this author has given me the chance to follow Roosevelt's journey in print for I doubt that I could have kept up with him in real life.
The main thesis of this book is that Roosevelt had an overwhelming need for power and enjoyed conflict to the point that both of these weaknesses often clouded his judgment. The author makes her point very clearly and backs up her argument with hard evidence, giving the reader very little reason to doubt her argument. She is a little harsh on TR occasionally, especially when it comes to Roosevelt's split with Taft, but for the most part she is very fair and even handed. In the case of Roosevelt's support for the efforts of the government to suppress free speech during World War I and his backing of silly initiatives to ban all things German she is probably too soft on the old lion.Read more ›
Writer, explorer, naturalist, devoted family man, human dynamo, and twenty-sixth president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt was only fifty years old when he completed his two terms of office and had ten years of his life left to fill. He went out on a high note, sure that his personally chosen successor, William Howard Taft, would continue the progressive agenda Roosevelt's two Republican administrations had put in place.
Hoping to avoid the appearance of dictating policy to the new president, Roosevelt distanced himself as far from Washington as he possibly could. He spent his first year out of office on safari in Africa with his son, Kermit. One of the real pleasures of WHEN TRUMPETS CALL is that, because so much of it is drawn from the correspondence of Roosevelt's family and friends, we get vivid portraits of all his intimates, including his sons, who had real challenges in keeping up with their father.
Returning to the United States, it was apparent that Taft would not uphold Roosevelt's progressive work. Remembered as one of our most mediocre presidents, the Taft administration served the interests of big business whenever it could, foiling Roosevelt's legacy. Roosevelt claimed to act out of a sense of duty. He felt responsible that he had chosen an unworthy successor and saw no other way to rectify the situation than to regain the presidency himself.Read more ›
O'Toole details the many events that took place in this period of Roosevelt's life from big game hunting in Africa, a failed third party bid to win back the Oval Office in 1912, exploration in South America, to the oncoming of the First World War and his stinging criticisms of the Wilson Administration's handling of the war effort, and his own family's sacrifices in serving their country. Each episode is written exceedingly well which makes this a book that is hard to put down. The reader can sense Roosevelt's ambitions, his hopes, his frustrations, and especially his love for his family and the sense of duty and service to country he instilled in his children.
Roosevelt's disappointment with his chosen successor Taft was well discussed in this book, Taft especially seemed to have been deeply hurt by the rift in their friendship. Roosevelt took on more radical progressive stands as he fought his way to the 1912 nomination, perhaps part sincerely and part political calculation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Compelling story of the last years of TR. Well written & very informative, highly recommended.Published 19 months ago by mj deneen
Brings Roosevelt and his times to life. While focusing on the last ten years or so of his life, the author provides sufficient relevant information to provide context to this... Read morePublished on February 5, 2014 by felix bloch
Patrcia O'Toole seems to have an agenda against TR. If he says or does something he's either acting out of ego, lust for power or is made to look like a fool. Read morePublished on October 20, 2011 by History Maker
The life of Theodore Roosevelt has inspired many fine biographies. "When Trumpets Call" is one of the best. Read morePublished on January 31, 2010 by James Gallen
Patricia O'Toole's "When the Trumpets Call" focuses on Teddy Roosevelt's post-presidential life. With most presidents, this would lead to a dull biography and a sense of denouement... Read morePublished on July 6, 2009 by Arnold
I've always been a TR fan, but was a bit concerned whether the last 10 years of his life could hold my interest the way that the better known periods of his life did. Read morePublished on April 4, 2009 by Publius
I have been reading for more than 50 years, and many of the books I read are political biographies. This one is possibly the most touching since Antonia Fraser's Mary Queen of... Read morePublished on February 20, 2009 by J. Clark
For TR lovers any TR book is a treasure. Here the author focuses on the post White House years: 1909-1920 when TR, out of power, tried mightly to regain it. Read morePublished on September 24, 2008 by Chip Bishop
I have been in a recent reading funk lately. Starting books and not finishing them so one thing can be said of Patricia O'Toole's book is that it held my interest till the end. Read morePublished on March 10, 2008 by Bobby D.