The book is a chronological retelling of the man that became president. How could you not want to read this book? However, I believe that Brands weaves a balanced narrative of one of our nation's most extraordinary figures. He is a regular guest on national radio and television programs, and is frequently interviewed by the American and foreign press. But those were few and far between. Other Titles: Theodore Roosevelt Responsibility: H. Brands absolves him of what critics viewed as his hypocrisy, noting that Roosevelt's near-total incapacity for reflection and self-knowledge led him, for good and ill, to ignore legal and procedural obstacles notably by fomenting revolution in Panama to get the canal built there.
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When his second wife Edith was seriously, perhaps fatally ill, he left her to fight in the Spanish-American war. I had just started a new semester of grad school hopefully my last , I currently have no prep period at school, and any spare time I have leftover I've been trying to catch up with my family. And although Brands works diligently to link Roosevelt with that theme, it is not overwhelmingly convincing or compelling. His youngest son Quentin would die in that cause. He perfectly caught what he was trying to do in that last chapter-- the theme that Roosevelt was a Romantic to the nth degree. The book introduces you to not only the historical happenings but also gives you insight into the why and how of Mr.
While several of his books have been best sellers, two of them - Traitor to His Class and The First American were finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The next book from Great book!! 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. Brands gives an extremely fair representation of one of our nations most colorful men and presidents. This is probably the best one volume biography of Teddy Roosevelt and it is a very good book indeed. After graduating he became a traveling salesman, with a territory that spanned the West from the Pacific to Colorado. But the reason I hold back on my enthusiasm for the book is because it seems as though the author didn't really like his subject matter - the person who was Teddy Roosevelt.
Too bad he couldn't pull it through the rest of his book. Evidently the author is a wonderful story-teller with a great sense of humor. I knew that he was a Rough Rider, that he built the Panama Canal, that the teddy bear was his namesake, and that he regulated the meat-packing industry after reading The Jungle. 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. Very minimal wear and tear.
Brands also adeptly traces the effect of Roosevelt's romanticism on his private life, noting that T. 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. His historical writings, which Brands quotes from extensively, are nothing if not a portrait of a boy's endless macho fantasies. Book Description Basic Books, New York, New York, U. And yet, according to Brands, if we look at the private Roosevelt without blinders, we see a man whose great public strengths hid enormous personal deficiencies; he was uncompromising, self-involved, and a highly imperfect brother, husband, and father. I would say that from all this he regretted his words that he would not run for a third term.
If you're looking for someone that positions Roosevelt on a pedestal, this book is probably not for you. Marker on cover or bottom edge of book. Brands accurately portrays his subject--both his good characteristics and his bad. He did not worry about what a president was constitutionally allowed to do, rather, if he felt something was right, he would act upon it hastily. His historical works, paeans to heroism, typically displayed a fierce and belligerent nationalism. His writings have been published in several countries and translated into German, French, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. He's like those friends you have maybe I'm assuming too much here, but bear with me that you are entirely devoted to, but anytime you go with them in public somewhere or you introduce them to someone, you have to take the people meeting them aside and explain away your friend's eccentricities.
Now I have a comprehensive understanding on not just what he did, but how his mind worked. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. In a single volume he has packed Roosevelt's 60 years of ambition, adventure, expediency, achievement, and, finally, frustration at having peaked too soon. After graduating he became a traveling salesman, with a territory that spanned the West from the Pacific to Colorado. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, the Boston Globe, the Atlantic Monthly, the Smithsonian, the National Interest, the American Historical Review, the Journal of American History, the Political Science Quarterly, American History, and many other newspapers, magazines and journals.
I was especially taken aback by the way he seemed to crave power after he decided not to run for a third term. He was often so full of himself that his speeches and writings were the frequent subject of fierce satire in their time. His Republican view on restricting corporations was great, but pretty sure 3rd term would've lead to more unintended consequences eg thank god we never got referendums Absolutely terrible author. Brands made it abundantly clear in the blurb what he thought of Roosevelt, and I still read the dang book. In authors view things just kinda happened and it was his job to write them down.
His presidency takes up perhaps one quarter of the book. Brands really has a way of putting together a biography without it bogging one down in facts. According to Brands, to understand both the public and private Roosevelt one must understand the impact of his father's death while he was still a child, denying him the opportunity to come to terms with his own manhood. In his time, there was no more popular national figure than Roosevelt. Brands absolves him of what critics viewed as his hypocrisy, noting that Roosevelt's near-total incapacity for reflection and self-knowledge led him, for good and ill, to ignore legal and procedural obstacles notably by fomenting revolution in Panama to get the canal built there. Most important, Theodore Roosevelt was loved by the people because this scion of a privileged New York family loved America and Americans. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.