Synopses & Reviews
In The Lion's Pride,
Edward J. Renehan, Jr. vividly portrays the grand idealism, heroic bravery, and reckless abandon that Theodore Roosevelt both embodied and bequeathed to his children and the tragic fulfillment of that legacy on the battlefields of World War I.
Drawing upon a wealth of previously unavailable materials, including letters and unpublished memoirs, The Lion's Pride takes us inside what is surely the most extraordinary family ever to occupy the White House. Theodore Roosevelt believed deeply that those who had been blessed with wealth, influence, and education were duty bound to lead, even--perhaps especially--if it meant risking their lives to preserve the ideals of democratic civilization. Teddy put his principles, and his life, to the test in the Spanish American war, and raised his children to believe they could do no less. When America finally entered the "European conflict" in 1917, all four of his sons eagerly enlisted and used their influence not to avoid the front lines but to get there as quickly as possible. Their heroism in France and the Middle East matched their father's at San Juan Hill. All performed with selfless--some said heedless--courage: Two of the boys, Archie and Ted, Jr., were seriously wounded, and Quentin, the youngest, was killed in a dogfight with seven German planes. Thus, the war that Teddy had lobbied for so furiously brought home a grief that broke his heart. He was buried a few months after his youngest child.
Filled with the voices of the entire Roosevelt family, The Lion's Pride gives us the most intimate and moving portrait ever published of the fierce bond between Teddy Roosevelt and his remarkable children.
"In The Lion's Pride, Ed Renehan combines a vivid look at the bold, maddening, irresistible personality of Theodore Roosevelt with the little-known life stories of his four sons who risked everything trying to become all he insisted they be. This is a beautifully told tale, both heroic and harrowing." --Geoffrey C. Ward, author of The Civil War and Before the Trumpet: Young Franklin Roosevelt
"An elegant, compelling history of Theodore Roosevelt and his four sons, brimming with patriotism and pathos. A family saga of the most extraordinary nature." --Douglas Brinkley, University of New Orleans, author of The Magic Bus: An American Odyssey and editor of The Portable Theodore Roosevelt
"A wonderful book about one of America's leading families. No father, no son, no mother, no daughter could read it without tears. The Roosevelts--not just TR but the whole family--are larger than life, real heroes, the kind of men and women we would all like to be. Recommended without reservation--and with heartfelt thanks to Edward Renehan for a truly great read."--Stephen E. Ambrose, author of Undaunted Courage
and Citizen Soldiers
"Since this is the centennial of the Spanish-American War, books on Theodore Roosevelt and his era have been falling like rain. Renehan's book is not a political or military history, but for those who aspire to a fuller understanding of Roosevelt's character, it is vital. Despite his blistering public image, Roosevelt was a gentle, if occasionally stern, parent who was intimately involved in his children's daily lives. Of course, he strove to inculcate them with his ideas of honor and duty. Thus, he was deeply wounded and guilt-stricken when his youngest child, Quentin, was killed in aerial combat during WWI. Roosevelt was undoubtedly the dominant figure in his children's lives; Renehan's portraits of the children further enrich a superb, real-life family saga."--Jay Freeman, Booklist
"Beguiling....Provide[s] a revealing portrait of the old Anglo-Saxon elite that once dominated American society."--Robert W. Merry, The New York Times Book Review
"An informative, well-written anecdotal account of the Roosevelts....Recommended for academic and public libraries and especially suitable for young adults."--Library Journal
"Renehan creates a story that is at once a family tragedy and the denouement of a way of thinking....Through previously unpublished family papers, judiciously chosen facts, and a moving narrative that skilfully parallels the personal and political, Renehan reveals a great deal about American society and politics, and about the culture of war. But most of all, he tells a sad story of the end of an era and the end of a man."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
This book vividly portrays the grand idealism, heroic bravery, and reckless abandon that Theodore Roosevelt both embodied and bequeathed to his children--and the tragic fulfillment of that legacy on the battlefields of World War I. 36 illustrations.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 267-271) and index.
About the Author
Edward J. Renehan, Jr.
, is the author of The Secret Six: The True Tale of the Men Who Conspired with John Brown
and John Burroughs: An American Naturalist
. He lives in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, with his wife and two children.