- Paperback: 960 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (May 4, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060565314
- ISBN-13: 978-0060565312
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.9 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
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Amazon Best of the Month, August 2009: "The movement for the conversation of wild life and the larger movement for the conservation of all our natural resources are essentially democratic in spirit, purpose, and method." So wrote Theodore Roosevelt, known as the "naturalist President" for his efforts in protecting wildlife and wilderness, merging preservation and patriotism into a quintessential American ideal. The Wilderness Warrior, Douglas Brinkley's massive(ly readable) new biography, intrepidly explores the wilderness of influences (Audubon and Darwin), personal relationships (Muir and Pinchot), and frontier adventures (too many to mention) that shaped Roosevelt's proto-green views. Topping 800 pages (ironically, one wonders how many trees fell for the first printing), The Wilderness Warrior makes an excellent companion to Timothy Egan's The Big Burn and Ken Burns's The National Parks: America's Best Idea. --Jon Foro --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
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Theodore Roosevelt spent the day of July 1, 1908, the tenth anniversary of the Battle of San Juan Hill, creating forty-five national forests. In this biographical study of T.R.’s campaign to save hundreds of millions of acres of wilderness, Brinkley writes that “the forestry movement would be forced down his opponents’ throats.” Roosevelt’s intense love for nature was, Brinkley makes clear, a conqueror’s love—triumphal Darwinism—and included a “blood lust” in hunting the wildlife he championed. The baby bear that, in popular myth, T.R. refused to shoot was actually an adult bear that he directed to be dispatched with a knife. Brinkley fully inhabits Roosevelt’s mind, a condition that has its disadvantages—the book, with blow-by-blow accounts of college hiking trips and squabbles between naturalists, does not entirely earn its nine hundred pages, making it harder to see the forests (and the story of how T.R. rescued them) for the trees. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
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Douglas Brinkley has written a superb account of the life of Theodore Roosevelt from his early years through his final day as Chief Protector. It is lengthy reading but never boring. It seems to be a labor of love as Brinkley demonstrates his love for nature by sharing T.R.'s with us.
Brinkley also gives appropriate space to the unsung heroes of American conservation such as Pinchot, Burroughs, Muir, Lacey, and others.
Amidst the scores of publications focusing on Roosevelt's political career (not ignored in this book) as we move through the centennial of his most productive era, Brinkley's book shows us the side of the man that contributed the greatest and most enduring impact on our nation. Picture what the country would look like had Roosevelt never been President. The images are frightening.