Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time
Described by the Chicago Tribune as "a classic," The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt stands as one of the greatest biographies of our time. The publication of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt on September 14th, 2001 marks the 100th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt becoming president.
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This book is well worth the Pulitzer Prize it received. Some say Edmund Morris bowed down at the alter of Teddy and made him look almost immortal. I completely disagree. He presents the good and bad and a balanced narrative that reads like a novel. This book in fact, is one of my top one or two books I have ever read.
I read the book the first time and listened the second time - I recommend either. The narrator does an excellent job giving voice as well. If you want to be inspired; if you want to know what we are lacking in Presidential politics today; if you want to read (or listen to) excellent writing and a well-researched life; if you want to get a feel for America during that time period, then I highly recommend this book.
Some Say President Roosevelt was born with a silver spoon in his mouth; perhaps he was. But what he did with that beginning in life, how he built upon and developed his talents and intellect and then how he applied that to political reform has shaped and continues to shape our country today.
I used to wonder why Theodore Rooselvelt was one of the four presidents carved in Mount Rushmore; I don't wonder any longer. After reading this book, you will find he takes a well-deserved place among the greatest presidents in the United States.
Don't expect discussion of presidency
Very well written and read tale of TR's early life. However, it will disappoint many, as it did me, to find out it ends right as he becomes President. It was quite frustrating.
No one likes it
I do not understand what the book says