Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

Synopsis

Sportsman. Naturalist. Warrior. President. There are so many sides to Theodore Roosevelt that it is easy to overlook one of his most enduring contributions to American public life: the use of fame to fuel his political career. In this concisely written, enlightening book, presidential historian Lewis L. Gould goes beyond the "bully pulpit" stereotypes to reveal how Roosevelt used his celebrity to change American politics. Based on research gleaned from the personal papers of Roosevelt and his contemporaries, Theodore Roosevelt recaptures its subject's bold activism and irrepressible, larger-than-life personality. Beginning with his privileged childhood in New York City, the narrative traces his election to the New York Assembly, where he quickly rose through the ranks of the Republican Party. It is here that hefirst applied his shrewd ability to keep himself in the spotlight - a skill that served him well as commander of a volunteer regiment (dubbed "Roosevelt's Rough Riders") in the Spanish-American War. Gould shows how Roosevelt rode a wave of popular acclaim at the war's end, assuming the governorshipof New York and serving as president from 1901 to 1909. While covering his major accomplishments as chief executive, including his successes as a trust-buster, labor mediator, and conservationist, Gould explains how fame both sustained and limited Roosevelt when he ran for president in 1912 andopposed Woodrow Wilson's policies during World War I. Theodore Roosevelt delivers the most insightful look yet at a pioneer of political theater - a man whose vigorous idealism as a champion of democracy serves as a counterpoint to the cynicism of today's political landscape. The book will coincide with the 100th anniversary of Roosevelt's third partyrun for the Progressive or Bull Moose Party.

Excerpt

Theodore Roosevelt is enjoying a busy twenty-first century. A hundred years after he left the White House, interest in his life and times shows no signs of abating. Over the past decade, he has received the Medal of Honor from Congress for his bravery during the war with Spain in 1898. Major biographies from authors such as Edmund Morris and Kathleen Dalton have appeared. Roosevelt has become a character in fiction, with the events of his life adapted for thrillers and mysteries. Meanwhile, business executives can refer to a manual on Roosevelt’s leadership lessons. Another author has stitched together from his writings an American history textbook. Finally, the perennial debate about whether Roosevelt was a progressive or conservative rages on, with conservative authors eager to convince their adherents that Roosevelt was the . . .

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