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Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough
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Mornings on Horseback (1981)

by David McCullough

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    The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin (rakerman)
    rakerman: The Bully Pulpit covers some biographical details of Theodore Roosevelt Jr.'s life but at a much quicker summary level than Mornings on Horseback. Mornings on Horseback starts off mostly about Theodore Roosevelt Sr., and its level of detail is sometimes excruciating. Each book provides a different perspective on the life and character of Theodore Roosevelt Jr.; they complement each other well.… (more)
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I was disappointed to learn upon listening through the very end that this audiobook was abridged. This childhood and background of Teddy Roosevelt is so expertly wrought & sympathetically told that I look forward to reading it unabridged. More than simply a biography of an exceptionally privileged childhood, this account details New York society from the mid-19th century forward, providing facts to Edith Wharton's fiction. I found the social history fascinating, complete with its portrait of New York, the noblesse oblige which many find repellant, and the details which McCullough convincingly argues are the foundation and making of the 26th US president.

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  msmilton | Jul 18, 2018 |
I was disappointed to learn upon listening through the very end that this audiobook was abridged. This childhood and background of Teddy Roosevelt is so expertly wrought & sympathetically told that I look forward to reading it unabridged. More than simply a biography of an exceptionally privileged childhood, this account details New York society from the mid-19th century forward, providing facts to Edith Wharton's fiction. I found the social history fascinating, complete with its portrait of New York, the noblesse oblige which many find repellant, and the details which McCullough convincingly argues are the foundation and making of the 26th US president.

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  msmilton | Jul 18, 2018 |
I tend to love biographical works by David McCullough and Mornings on Horseback is no exception. Covering the early years of Theodore Roosevelt's life and the lives of his parents and siblings, Mornings on Horseback gives insight to what made up the personality of the greatest American President (in my opinion) that this country ever had. The book goes from early childhood through the announcement of his engagement and marriage to Edith Carow and his re-entry into NY politics with the loss of his run for Mayor. ( )
  phoenixcomet | Jun 15, 2018 |
Some how,, most of McCullough's books leave me wanting more - and not in a good way. Mornings on Horseback is an interesting read on early TR, but I'm glad I had read the Morris and Brand biographies first. ( )
  waggoner | Jan 27, 2018 |
Great read

Enjoyed the detailed expose on TR. Admired yet flawed. That's what most heroes are. McCullough is a master. For real. ( )
  medwards800 | Jan 11, 2018 |
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In the year 1869, when the population of New York City had reached nearly a million, the occupants of 28 East 20th Street, a five-story brownstone, numbered six, exclusive of the servants.
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Mornings on Horseback is the brilliant biography of the young Theodore Roosevelt. Hailed as "a masterpiece" (John A. Gable, Newsday), it is the winner of the Los Angeles Times 1981 Book Prize for Biography and the National Book Award for Biography. Written by David McCullough, the author of Truman, this is the story of a remarkable little boy, seriously handicapped by recurrent and almost fatal asthma attacks, and his struggle to manhood: an amazing metamorphosis seen in the context of the very uncommon household in which he was raised.

The father is the first Theodore Roosevelt, a figure of unbounded energy, enormously attractive and selfless, a god in the eyes of his small, frail namesake. The mother, Mittie Bulloch Roosevelt, is a Southerner and a celebrated beauty, but also considerably more, which the book makes clear as never before. There are sisters Anna and Corinne, brother Elliott (who becomes the father of Eleanor Roosevelt), and the lovely, tragic Alice Lee, TR's first love. All are brought to life to make "a beautifully told story, filled with fresh detail", wrote The New York Times Book Review.

A book to be read on many levels, it is at once an enthralling story, a brilliant social history and a work of important scholarship which does away with several old myths and breaks entirely new ground. It is a book about life intensely lived, about family love and loyalty, about grief and courage, about "blessed" mornings on horseback beneath the wide blue skies of the Badlands.

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This biography of young Theodore Roosevelt covers his youth when he demanded a strenuous life despite his asthma, weak eyes, and patrician family.

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