T. R.: The Last Romantic

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Basic Books, Aug 21, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 897 pages
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In his time, there was no more popular national figure than Theodore Roosevelt. It was not just the energy he brought to every political office he held or his unshakable moral convictions that made him so popular, or even his status as a bonafide war hero—the man who led the Rough Riders up San Juan Hill in Cuba during the Spanish-American war. Most important, Theodore Roosevelt was loved by the people because this scion of a privileged New York family loved America and Americans.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. His highly exaggerated, and often uncompromising ways drove many of his business and personal friends crazy. His historical writings, which Brands quotes from extensively, are nothing if not a portrait of a boy’s endless macho fantasies. He was often so full of himself that his speeches and writings were the frequent subject of fierce satire in their time.Even more revealing, according to Brands, was Roosevelt as son, brother, husband, and father. 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. 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. When his second wife Edith was seriously, perhaps fatally ill, he left her to fight in the Spanish-American war. 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. Determined that his four sons would not dishonor his belief that men, to achieve their manhood, must test themselves in war, he arranged for each to serve, often in the frontlines, during WWI. His youngest son Quentin would die in that cause.Beautifully written, powerfully moved by its subject, TR is nonetheless a biography more appropriate to today’s critical times.
  

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Excellent overview of America's most insanely-awesome president. He doesn't pull punches, much like Teddy. Read full review

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Excellent overview of America's most insanely-awesome president. He doesn't pull punches, much like Teddy. Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
vii
PREPARATION
1
A Child of the Civil War 185865
3
Foreign Ventures 186573
19
Oyster Bay 187376
44
Anxious Underclassman 187677
54
A Man of His Own 187778
75
First Love 187881
94
The Kaiser and the Canal 19023
463
The Life of the Party 1904
489
The Logic of Power 19045
514
Square Dealing 19056
541
Neither War nor Quite Peace 19067
567
Heir Apparenting 1907
593
The Breathless End of a Rousing Run 19089
614
RESTLESS STILL
639

ENGAGEMENT
121
Crashing the Party 188183
123
The Light That Failed 188386
160
From the Little Missouri to the Potomac 188689
193
Strategic Alliances 189095
236
On the Beat 189596
272
The Cockpit of Empire 189698
302
FULFILLMENT
331
The Hero in His Element 1898
333
Gunpowder Governor 189899
358
On Their Heads 18991901
388
Suddenly in the Saddle 1901
417
Hand to Hand with the Coal Kings 1902
434
Lions and Lesser Royalty 190910
641
Retirement Ruined 191011
664
To the Barricades Once More 1912
691
The River of Doubt 191314
725
The Irregulars Return 191416
747
FADING TO DUSK
771
The One They Left Behind 191618
773
The Last Romantic 191819
802
SOURCES
817
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
863
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
868
INDEX
869
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

H. W. Brands is a professor of history at Texas A&M University and author of The Reckless Decade, The Wages of Globalism, and The Devil We Knew.

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