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Theodore Roosevelt by Nathan Miller

Theodore Roosevelt (1992)

by Nathan Miller

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Nathan Miller's critically acclaimed biography of Theodore Roosevelt is the first complete one-volume life of the Rough Rider to be published in more than thirty years. From his sickly childhood to charging up San Juan Hill to waving his fist under J.P. Morgan's rubicund nose, Theodore Roosevelt offers the intimate history of a man who continues to cast a magic spell over the American imagination. As the twenty-sixth president of the United States, from 1901 to 1909, Roosevelt embodied the overwheliming confidence of the nation as it entered the American Century. With fierce joy, he brandished a "Big Stick" abroad and promised a "Square Deal" at home. He was the nation's first environmental president, challenged the trusts, and, as the first American leader to play an important role in world affairs, began construction of a long-dreamed canal across Panama and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for almost singlehandedly bringing about a peaceful end to the Russo-Japanese War. In addition to following Roosevelt's political career, Theodore Roosevelt looks deeply into his personal relations to draw a three-dimensional portrait of a man who confronted life-wrenching tragedies as well as triumphs. It is biography at its most compelling.… (more)



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Another fabulous biography of one of my favorites, Teddy Roosevelt. This single volume biography does a nice job of covering all of the major political events of Roosevelt's life, while also being sure to cover his family life and relationships. The author is obviously a fan of Roosevelt, and while he does admit when Roosevelt was flawed, he perhaps too often explains away his shortcomings. However, it was an engaging read and recommended. ( )
  msaucier818 | Apr 10, 2018 |
This book was as full of life as its subject. Theodore Roosevelt is one of those larger than life characters one reads about in the history books. This book brings him fully to life. From his early days as a sickly little boy to his transformation as a robust and energetic politician, this book tells the complete tale. It recounts the tragic story of his first wife, Alice, and her untimely death, which plunged Theodore into grief, so much so that he erased all trace of her from his diaries, letters, and scrapbooks, and omitted her name from his memoirs. It tells the story of his love for his country, and how he worked for her as Governor of New York and later as its President. Post-presidency, Theodore didn't limp into retirement. He undertook two strenuous journeys to Africa and to South America, collecting specimens for museums and writing articles for newspapers. At the conclusion of the book, the reader feels a sense that this was a life well lived. ( )
  briandrewz | Aug 7, 2017 |
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  Baku-X | Jan 10, 2017 |
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  BakuDreamer | Sep 7, 2013 |
There are a number of good books about Theodore Roosevelt. Mornings on Horseback focuses on his early life, while Theodore Rex covers his years as president. Just last year, Douglas Brinkley's The Wilderness Warrior, which focused on Roosevelt's support of the conservation movement, was published. However, I knew relatively little about Roosevelt and wanted a book that provide an overview of his life. Miller's biography fit the bill nicely.

Roosevelt led an interesting life. I have to think that Roosevelt is a biographer's dream. He was a larger-than-life character who moved from an action-packed childhood to a career as a tenacious New York politician to a heroic turn as a member of the Rough Riders to an unexpected rise to the presidency. In between he wrote a number of books, shot big game, and had a large and active family. Clearly, there is plenty of fodder for a biographer.

Miller took this raw material and turned it into an interesting and coherent story. He includes plenty of relevant and interesting details without belaboring any single stage of the president's life. He helps us understand how the context shaped Roosevelt's actions and how Roosevelt shaped the political landscape during his presidency and for the remainder of his life. While this book made me want to read some of the other more focused Roosevelt biographies, it also stands on its own as a readable overview of a remarkable life.
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