Rarely has any public figure exercised such a charismatic hold on the American people. Married to his childhood sweetheart in 1886, he became the country squire of Sagamore Hill on Long Island, a flamboyant civil service reformer in Washington, D. Author of 40 books and innumerable articles and editorials. From the Trade Paperback edition. Not falling into hero-worship where the subject does no wrong nor the more modern tendency of tearing the hero down. He well defines a renaissance man of his zestful knowledge of just about everything. It is one of those rare works that is both definitive for the period it covers and fascinating to read for sheer entertainment.
His biography The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt won the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award in 1980. Mark Deakins is an AudioFile Earphones Award—winning narrator and actor whose television appearances include Head Case, Star Trek: Voyager, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The text reads more like a novel, rather than a dry biography, and in this sense is one of those audiobooks that you find excuses to get in the car and listen to. His rise to power, given the unhappiness of some of the powerful politicians of his day, seems remarkable. His is a story so prodigal in its variety, so surprising in its turns of fate, that previous biographers have treated it as a series of haphazard episodes.
He had a youthful romance as lyrical--as tragic--as any in Victorian fiction. Award-winning scholar Toby Wilkinson captures not only the lavish pomp and artistic grandeur of this land of pyramids and pharaohs but for the first time reveals the constant propaganda and repression that were its foundations. A landmark publication full of startling revelations, the book indelibly alters our image of this most enigmatic capitalist. However there is also a tendency to attribute the motives Mr Roosevelt's opponents to either meanness or greed and he Mr Morris seems unwilling to believe that those opponents might have held honest views which just were at odds with those of Mr Roosevelt. Roosevelt led a revolution that he bequeathed to Taft only to see it compromised as Taft surrendered to money men and big business. Just remember that this biography is time boxed to the years between when Teddy became an adult up to but not including the Presidency. During the years 1858—1901, Theodore Roosevelt, the son of a wealthy Yankee father and a plantation-bred southern belle, transformed himself from a frail, asthmatic boy into a full-blooded man.
This tells of Theodore Roosevelt's childhood all throughout being commander of the Rough Riders who fought at the Battle of San Juan Hill during the Spanish American War. Deakins' ability to slip into Roosevelt's clipped cadence adds a whole other level to the book. Wonderful, fully alive, perhaps 5 star rating for book 2 if he keeps it up. In 1985 he was appointed Ronald Reagan's authorized biographer. Related Reading The New York Times The New York Times. He chased thieves across the Badlands of North Dakota with a copy of Anna Karenina in one hand and a Winchester rifle in the other. If you don't know what Tammany Hall is, look it up, because you get no explanation from the book.
This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president. Formerly a contributing editor of the New York Times, he lives inNew York. The vocal performance in this book is equally engaging. I still look forward to Part 2, Theodore Rex, by Morris though. He himself compared his trajectory to that of a rocket. The publication of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt on September 14th, 2001, marked the 100th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt becoming president.
Every book he's ever done has been detailed, thorough, and an excellent read. I'm not sure why everyone is rating this so highly because I thought that the narration was terrible. Yes, It clearly shows why he was successful. During the years covered by this book 1858-1901 , Roosevelt built himself up from a frail, asthmatic boy to full-blooded manhood. This is a very long book. From the Trade Paperback edition. Theodore Roosevelt led an extraordinarily varied life — young naturalist and student of animal life, Harvard student, New York assembly man, corruption fighting reformer, Civil Service Commissioner in Washington, cattleman in the Dakota Territory, Police Commissioner in New York, assistant Secretary of the Navy, mayor of New York City, Rough Rider and more and all of it comes to life in the wonderful writing of Mr Morris and the flawless narration of Mark Deakins.
His apparently random adventures were precipitated and linked by various aspects of his character, not least an overwhelming will. Theodore Roosevelt's life deserves a great biography and has found it in this book. I'm not saying he's perfect, but if you want an example of the benefits of hard work and persistence from childhood through adulthood, this is a great example. Edmund Morris lives in New York and Washington, D. I think the Pulitzer he got for the first book put a skip and a song into the writing of the second because there is a distinctly unabashed, won't you smell the roses uplifting lilt-call it a confidence- in Theodore Rex and it works. Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? Married to his childhood sweetheart in 1886, he became the country squire of Sagamore Hill on Long Island, a flamboyant civil service reformer in Washington, D. This is not just Wilson the icon - but Wilson the man.
He chased thieves across the Badlands with a copy of Tolstoy in one hand and a Winchester rifle in the other. After spending several years as President Reagan's authorized biographer, he published the national bestseller Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan in 1999. Morris excels at writing a biography that is detailed, yet thrilling. He has written extensively on travel and the arts for such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Harper's Magazine. Hundreds of thousands will soon be reading this book.