A Bully Father: Theodore Roosevelt's Letters to His Children

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Random House, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 260 pages
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The Roosevelt family, with its rambunctious father and six children, invaded and occupied the White House as no other family has since. Theodore Roosevelt - whose wife once called him her "oldest and rather worst child" - was a marvelous father. Not only did he write constantly to his children, but he played with them, guided them, and loved them as do only the best fathers, famous or otherwise. Their lives together began at Sagamore Hill, their home in Oyster Bay on Long Island, and continued with equal gusto as they took up residence in the White House. A Bully Father features a terrific portfolio of photographs, some never before published, of the family at play. Roosevelt's letters have been considered by many a minor classic in American literature. Wonderfully wise, warm, and witty, they have long been out of print. The Evening Sun, in 1919, wrote: "These letters ... lift Roosevelt to a higher level of purely literary attainment than any of his other published writings. They are of tremendously absorbing interest from any angle or view".

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Periodically throughout his extraordinary career, Theodore Roosevelt turned to the writing of history. Energetic about everything he did, he imbued his writing with verve and a strong sense of drama that continues to attract readers today. Born in New York City and educated at Harvard University, he immersed himself in public affairs long before he became President of the United States. A man of many talents, he was, among other things, police commissioner, mayoral candidate, rancher, hunter, explorer, soldier, and governor. His strong sense of history probably influenced his actions more times than not, and certainly he brought to the White House in 1901 an awareness of how much the past conditions the present and informs the future. Roosevelt made history, influenced history, and wrote history.

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