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The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt [Paperback]

Edmund Morris
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Nov. 20 2001 Modern Library Paperbacks
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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Praise for the rise of Theodore Roosevelt

“Magnificent . . . a sweeping narrative of the outward man and a shrewd examination of his character. . . . It is one of those rare works that is both definitive for the period it covers and fascinating to read for sheer entertainment. There should be a queue awaiting the next volume.”
-W. A. Swanberg, The New York Times Book Review

“Theodore Roosevelt, in this meticulously researched and beautifully written biography, has a claim on being the most interesting man ever to be President of this country.”
-Robert Kirsch, Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Spectacles glittering, teeth and temper flashing, high-pitched voice rasping and crackling, Roosevelt surges out of these pages with the force of a physical presence.”
-The Atlantic Monthly

“Morris’s book is beautifully written as well as thoroughly scholarly-clearly a masterpiece of American biography. . . . Hundreds of thousands will soon be reading this book . . . and will look forward, as I do, to Morris’s second volume.”
-Kenneth S. Davis, Worcester Sunday Telegram


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Praise for the rise of Theodore Roosevelt

“Magnificent . . . a sweeping narrative of the outward man and a shrewd examination of his character. . . . It is one of those rare works that is both definitive for the period it covers and fascinating to read for sheer entertainment. There should be a queue awaiting the next volume.”
-W. A. Swanberg, The New York Times Book Review

“Theodore Roosevelt, in this meticulously researched and beautifully written biography, has a claim on being the most interesting man ever to be President of this country.”
-Robert Kirsch, Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Spectacles glittering, teeth and temper flashing, high-pitched voice rasping and crackling, Roosevelt surges out of these pages with the force of a physical presence.”
-The Atlantic Monthly

“Morris’s book is beautifully written as well as thoroughly scholarly-clearly a masterpiece of American biography. . . . Hundreds of thousands will soon be reading this book . . . and will look forward, as I do, to Morris’s second volume.”
-Kenneth S. Davis, Worcester Sunday Telegram


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Rising Start! Jan. 6 2004
By James Gallen TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
"The Rise Of Theodore Roosevelt" tells the outstanding story of the pre-presidential years of this remarkable individual. In an attention-holding style, Morris relates the anecdotes known to all TR fans. In addition to the well known facts, Morris reveals lesser known facts which help us to understand TR and his career.
Beginning with he President's New Year's Day Reception of 1907, the book quickly jumps back to a very youthful TR. In the following pages we read of the close relationship between TR and his father. We read of the father who, by example and word, taught TR his greatest virtues of honesty, social responsibility and concern for others. It was this father who drove him through the streets of New York to get him over his asthma attacks as well as the one who told him that he "had the mind, but not the body" and that he must build his body. When TR was contemplating a scientific career, it was this father who told him that he could pursue such a career, "if I intended to do the very best that was in me; but that I must not dream of taking it up as a dilettante", but that he would have to learn to live within his means. Theodore Roosevelt, Sr.'s payment of a substitute during the Civil War left his son with a sense of guilt which could only be assuaged by his own military service. We learn of the shattering effect that this father's death had on the Harvard student. As president, TR would remark that he never took any serious step without contemplating what his father would have done.
Much attention is given to the "Roosevelt Museum of Natural History" assembled by the young taxidermist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Rising Start! Jan. 6 2004
By James Gallen TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
"The Rise Of Theodore Roosevelt" tells the outstanding story of the pre-presidential years of this remarkable individual. In an attention-holding style, Morris relates the anecdotes known to all TR fans. In addition to the well known facts, Morris reveals lesser known facts which help us to understand TR and his career.
Beginning with he President's New Year's Day Reception of 1907, the book quickly jumps back to a very youthful TR. In the following pages we read of the close relationship between TR and his father. We read of the father who, by example and word, taught TR his greatest virtues of honesty, social responsibility and concern for others. It was this father who drove him through the streets of New York to get him over his asthma attacks as well as the one who told him that he "had the mind, but not the body" and that he must build his body. When TR was contemplating a scientific career, it was this father who told him that he could pursue such a career, "if I intended to do the very best that was in me; but that I must not dream of taking it up as a dilettante", but that he would have to learn to live within his means. Theodore Roosevelt, Sr.'s payment of a substitute during the Civil War left his son with a sense of guilt which could only be assuaged by his own military service. We learn of the shattering effect that this father's death had on the Harvard student. As president, TR would remark that he never took any serious step without contemplating what his father would have done.
Much attention is given to the "Roosevelt Museum of Natural History" assembled by the young taxidermist.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Seldom known information Dec 18 2003
By Neil
Format:Paperback
Many times we read pages written about presidents for example, and learn of their successes, failures, and moments while they were in office. This book does just the opposite of that, explaining his entire life up until the point of his presidency, focussing instead on how he became a great president rather than just how he was one. I have yet to purchase a book concerning TR's presidency, but I knew at about page 200 in this book that I would do so upon finishing it.
Yes, it's a lengthy book at 780 or so, but his life story is more than intriguing enough to keep you turning pages. Combine that with interesting anecdotes on other figures of the time period such as Marquis de Mores, Platt, and Lodge, and each chapter is interesting without a boring section of his life.
Lastly, through those small anecdotes, the book has now inspired my curiousity for the characters encountered in this book that were not fully explained. i.e. I'm looking to read books on the following characters listed above that weren't fully described (as it's not Morris' job in a biography of TR to do so). A book that peaks your curiousity in other subjects and people as well as the one you're reading about is a success in my opinion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars All Hail Teddy July 30 2003
Format:Paperback
Like the great big bulk of a man that Theodore Roosevelt was, it took awhile to digest this hulk of a book. Which maybe a good thing to say about a 96 ounce steak, is not always a redeemable trait for literature. We want our casual readings to come easy, to whisk-fully be enjoyed, to turn the last page and say...why I had no idea this book was 780 pages. Such was not the case with Edmund Morris' "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt,"...with this reader at least.
Morris does much to deify Teddy. And granted TR was a remarkable man with no equal in energy, drive, tenacity, and a touch of the silver spoon. However, Morris kneels down at the altar with bowed head so frequently that I'm afraid he missed a critical look at some of TR's faults. Leading up to the Spanish-American War over Cuban independence, Teddy was absolutely itching for a fight. Hell-bent on Jingoism, little is said critical of this war at all cost lust. Instead TR is credited for bringing the nation to war with scant a nod at diplomacy, and is made a demagogue in the American bellicose heart prevailing at that time. A great man would have pursued peace going unwantingly into war if necessary.
In Morris' deification of TR, some of Teddy's slightly racist views are inattentively glossed over. It can be written off with the statement that those viewpoints were prevalent at the time, but then the Earth being the center of the universe was prevalent during Galileo's time. Not that Teddy was one to go against the grain when needed, but in his earlier days, Teddy got the race issue wrong and little is made of it from Morris.
It's not all bad. I did give this one 4-stars after all. The reading is engaging along the way.
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Published 23 months ago by Matt VanMaanen
5.0 out of 5 stars dscyoung
Outstanding! McCullough and others have done wonderful things with Presidential biographies; however, Morris has brought Roosevelt alive like no other. Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by C. David Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! An outstanding story about an amazing person
Teddy Roosevelt is surely one of the most captivating figures in history, and this book is an incredibly lively and vivid chronicle of his rise to the American presidency. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2004 by Bryan Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars quality man, quality book
Well researched, entertaining chronicle of the developmental years of a remarkable man, of a sort we don't see today. I could hardly put it down. Read more
Published on Dec 18 2003 by Henri IV
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Subject!
I first read this book in college and recently read it again to prepare myself for the second volume of Mr. Morris' biography. What an interesting person! Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2003 by Grozarks
4.0 out of 5 stars It provides valuable insight about an American President.
Morris's book describes the life of Theodore Roosevelt from his birth to his assumption of the Presidency.
Roosevelt was a sickly and frail child. Read more
Published on July 25 2003 by Walter Chang
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring Back The Greats
Well written biography. Brilliant, actually. Bring him back and those who were like him.
Published on July 15 2003
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