Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Faimly, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt

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Simon and Schuster, May 31, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 448 pages
The National Book Award–winning biography that tells the story of how young Teddy Roosevelt transformed himself from a sickly boy into the vigorous man who would become a war hero and ultimately president of the United States, told by master historian David McCullough.

Mornings on Horseback is the brilliant biography of the young Theodore Roosevelt. Hailed as “a masterpiece” (John A. Gable, Newsday), it is the winner of the Los Angeles Times 1981 Book Prize for Biography and the National Book Award for Biography. Written by David McCullough, the author of Truman, this is the story of a remarkable little boy, seriously handicapped by recurrent and almost fatal asthma attacks, and his struggle to manhood: an amazing metamorphosis seen in the context of the very uncommon household in which he was raised.

The father is the first Theodore Roosevelt, a figure of unbounded energy, enormously attractive and selfless, a god in the eyes of his small, frail namesake. The mother, Mittie Bulloch Roosevelt, is a Southerner and a celebrated beauty, but also considerably more, which the book makes clear as never before. There are sisters Anna and Corinne, brother Elliott (who becomes the father of Eleanor Roosevelt), and the lovely, tragic Alice Lee, TR’s first love. All are brought to life to make “a beautifully told story, filled with fresh detail” (The New York Times Book Review).

A book to be read on many levels, it is at once an enthralling story, a brilliant social history and a work of important scholarship which does away with several old myths and breaks entirely new ground. It is a book about life intensely lived, about family love and loyalty, about grief and courage, about “blessed” mornings on horseback beneath the wide blue skies of the Badlands.
 

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Fantastic look into Theodore Roosevelt's childhood and years as a young adult. I'm not entirely sure what I think of him as an adult (I thought he was great when I was young, but as I learned more ... Read full review

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I tend to love biographical works by David McCullough and Mornings on Horseback is no exception. Covering the early years of Theodore Roosevelt's life and the lives of his parents and siblings ... Read full review

Contents

PART ONE
17
Greathearts Circle
19
Lady from the South
39
Grand Tour
69
A Disease of the Direst Suffering
90
Metamorphosis
109
PART TWO
129
Uptown
131
Especially Pretty Alice
218
Home Is the Hunter
237
Politics
251
Strange and Terrible Fate
277
Chicago
289
Glory Days
316
Return
351
Afterword
362

The Moral Effect
149
Father and Son
160
PART THREE
193
Harvard
195
Notes
373
Bibliography
413
Index
427
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David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback. His other acclaimed books include The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, Brave Companions, 1776, The Greater Journey, and The Wright Brothers. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. Visit DavidMcCullough.com.

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