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Theodore Roosevelt's History of the United States: His Own Wordsby Theodore Roosevelt
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Theodore Roosevelt's ideas about the nation's early days and his own times can be found sprinkled throughout his voluminous writings, but these "pearls of thought" (as one of his book reviewers described them in 1888) have never before been pulled together into one volume. Now, through the skillful editing of Daniel Ruddy, Theodore Roosevelt's History of the United States provides readers with Roosevelt's unique view of American history from the Revolution to the beginning of the twentieth century.
An astute historical observer, Roosevelt was a hanging judge who did not hesitate to render harsh verdicts about leaders and events from America's past. His razor-sharp opinions cut to the core, capturing the essence of obscure and prominent figures alike: in his view, Andrew Jackson was "not more than half civilized," John Tyler was "a politician of monumental littleness," and William McKinley had "no more backbone than a chocolate éclair." Roosevelt did not spare his contemporaries from criticism, either, particularly Woodrow Wilson, whom he believed to be "rotten through and through." What emerges from these pages is, of course, as revealing about Roosevelt as it is about the United States. This colorful compendium is a wonderful new angle on both American history and one of the country's most energetic, brilliant, and entertaining men.
"Ruddy had his work cut out for him in assembling this history of the United States from the perspective of its 26th president. Roosevelt was a prolific writer, having penned enough for 20 volumes of collected works and written, it's estimated, more than 150,000 letters. Ruddy scoured a hefty portion of these writings, along with speeches, newspaper articles, and personal accounts left by associates, to create a colorful and highly opinionated account of some of the nation's most dramatic episodes. Though the book is comprised entirely of Roosevelt's own words, Ruddy is more than an anthologist; he's an adept editor, seamlessly stitching together passages from a myriad of sources to create a cohesive, informative, and always entertaining read. As a piece of American history however, the book is less valuable, its scope too large to allow for an in-depth examination of events. But as an intimate portrait of one of our most forceful leaders, it's a resounding success. Roosevelt's words breathe life into historical personalities long since reduced to ink and paper. Though his descriptions can be unflattering (Thomas Paine is deemed 'a filthy little atheist,' and William McKinley purportedly had 'no more backbone than a chocolate éclair') they're certainly never dull." Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Book News Annotation:
Ruddy, a marketing consultant who also researches US history and the presidency, brings together the ideas of President Theodore Roosevelt, who was also a historian, on American history from 1776 to 1918, drawn from his many writings, such as letters, books, and speeches, as well as newspaper articles about him and individual accounts from others. The ideas are collected in a chronological account in which he discusses previous presidents, presenting often strong opinions about them; his own presidency; events like World War I and the War of 1812; and individuals like Oliver Wendell Holmes, Booker T. Washington, and William Randolph Hearst. He does not discuss the presidencies of John Adams or Ulysses Grant. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Roosevelt's ideas about the nation's past and his own times can be found sprinkled throughout his writings, but they have never before been pulled together into one volume. Now, Roosevelt's unique view of American history from the Revolution to the early 20th century are collected.
“A splendid piece of work.”
— Edmund Morris
In a unique project, author Daniel Ruddy has carefully extracted Teddy Roosevelts most relevant and telling comments—from letters, books, speeches, and other sources—and organized them to form a fairly full, always colorful, and highly opinionated history of the United States up to 1919 (the year TR died). With a preface by Theodore Rex author Edmund Morris.
About the Author
Daniel Ruddy grew up on Long Island, New York, where a childhood trip to Roosevelt's home, Sagamore Hill, triggered a lifelong interest in Theodore Roosevelt. A marketing consultant for Fortune 500 companies, Ruddy holds a master's degree in international relations from the London School of Economics.
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