Mornings on Horseback
Winner of the 1982 National Book Award for Biography, Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life, and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt is the brilliant biography of the young Theodore Roosevelt. Hailed as a masterpiece by Newsday, it also won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography. Now with a new introduction b...more
It wasn't quite what I expected, being a biography of the man and his family going only up to his unsuccessful race for the mayoralty of New York, but perhaps it served as an antidot...more
I liked "Mornings on Horseback" a lot. It left me wanting to learn more about Theodore Roosevelt and visit Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the "Bad Lands" of both Dakotas. I now smile when I see video clips of "TR" and strive to be more like him (and his father) in some ways. For me, though, what...more
Into chapter 3, where the family takes the Grand Tour of Europe in 1869. I'm really enjoying the story of this remarkable family & am impressed by the amount of history McCullough brings in to the narrative. Wonderfully narrated by Edward Herrmann (with some sort of interstitial/pinch hitting by a woman)- I'd like to find more of his work as well!
I really feel as if I've gotten to know this family, as well as quite a bit about the time period. I fo...more
If you want to know more about TR - read Edmund Mo...more
My intention was not to write a biography of him. What intrigued me was how he came to be. … There were pieces of the puzzle that fascinated me—his childhood battle with asthma, for example, his beautiful southern mother, the adoration he had for...more
It begins on the East side of New York and follows Teddy and his family's lives. You really get to know about Teddy's early life, his struggle with asthma, his college days and so much more.
I loved all the details the author gave about Teddy and his entire family. I felt like I was truly abl...more
“It is not what we have that will make us a great nation; it is the way in which we use it.”
“It is of more importance that we should show ourselves honest, brave, truthful, and intelligent, than that we should own all the railways and grain elevator...more
I listened to the audio CD version, abridged and read by Edward Herrmann, during parts of two recent road trips in the same week. To me, his childhood was not all that interesting, his youth more so. I enjoyed learning more about the rest of the members of this...more
It is a social history about the life of the Roosevelt family in New York. It is not a lone history of the life of Teddy who became president. It is the story of the filthy rich who, altho...more
It's hard to...more
The book's main focus is on the childhood of Theodore Roosevelt, who diligently kept a detailed diary as a young boy, which provides the bulk of the source material. This, together with the lar...more
Don't let anyone convince you that "nurture" isn't a powerful contributor to who we are. Not the exclusive contributor -- Teddy's own brother Elliot bears witness to that -- but powerful, nonetheless. Tw...more
Well let me say that McCollough did not disappoint. I was very quickly drawn into his depiction of New York high society in the post Civil War era. I was enthralled as I heard about Theodore Roosevelt Senior and his wife taki...more
It is a particularly engaging work because he has taken the time and effort to clearly develop the stories and characters of Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. and his wife, Martha Bulloch Roosevelt, known as Mittie. To a lesser extent, one comes to know the future president's siblings and his large and clo...more
In the end, I found this account of Theodore and his family to be quite tragic – and not merely for the obvious reason of untimely d...more
Obviously, that's also one of his best qualities since I've yet to come across a historian who does a better job at capturing the character's true daily life, rituals and behaviors. All with a great prose! What more could you ask of a historian!?
McCullough also does a great...more
But this book is complete in a very real sense. There is a story arch, much like a nove...more
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, McCullough earned a degree in English literature from Yale University. His first book was The Johnstown Flood (1968); a...more