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In his time, there was no more popular national figure than Theodore Roosevelt. It was not just the energy he brought to every political office he held or his unshakable moral convictions that made him so popular, or even his status as a bonafide war hero—the man who led the Rough Riders up San Juan Hill in Cuba during the Spanish-American war. Most important, Theodore Roosevelt was loved by the people because this scion of a privileged New York family loved America and Americans.And yet, according to Bill Brands, if we look at the private Roosevelt without blinders, we see a man whose great public strengths hid enormous personal deficiencies. His highly exaggerated, and often uncompromising ways drove many of his business and personal friends crazy. His historical writings, which Brands quotes from extensively, are nothing if not a portrait of a boys endless macho fantasies. He was often so full of himself that his speeches and writings were the frequent subject of fierce satire in their time.Even more revealing, according to Brands, was Roosevelt as son, brother, husband, and father. According to Brands, to understand both the public and private Roosevelt one must understand the impact of his fathers death while he was still a child, denying him the opportunity to come to terms with his own manhood. When his first wife Alice died of complications from childbirth, leaving behind a baby daughter Alice, his response was to run away to shoot Buffalo in the west, leaving the newborn infant to the care of his unmarried sister Bamie. When his second wife Edith was seriously, perhaps fatally ill, he left her to fight in the Spanish-American war. His only concern when his brother Elliot, who had been his only friend as a child, became an alcoholic was to hide the news from the public. Determined that his four sons would not dishonor his belief that men, to achieve their manhood, must test themselves in war, he arranged for each to serve, often in the frontlines, during WWI. His youngest son Quentin would die in that cause.Beautifully written, powerfully moved by its subject, TR is nonetheless a biography more appropriate to todays critical times.

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A new biography of Theodore Roosevelt, based on new documentation and a much fuller examination of the private man behind the public hero.

Synopsis:

In his time, there was no more popular national figure than Theodore Roosevelt. Based on years of research, including new-found letters from his adult sons, here is a complete biography of "T.R"., exploring both the public figure and the private man. Beautifully written, this is a presidential biography certain to take its place among the classics of the genre. Photos.

About the Author

H. W. Brands is a professor of history at Texas A&M University and author of The Reckless Decade, The Wages of Globalism, and The Devil We Knew.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465069590
Author:
Brands, H. W.
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Presidents and Heads of State
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
1.
Publication Date:
19980931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
928
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 40.5 oz

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A new biography of Theodore Roosevelt, based on new documentation and a much fuller examination of the private man behind the public hero.
"Synopsis" by , In his time, there was no more popular national figure than Theodore Roosevelt. Based on years of research, including new-found letters from his adult sons, here is a complete biography of "T.R"., exploring both the public figure and the private man. Beautifully written, this is a presidential biography certain to take its place among the classics of the genre. Photos.
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