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Colonel Roosevelt (Theodore Roosevelt #3)

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Of all our great presidents, Theodore Roosevelt is the only one whose greatness increased out of office. When he toured Europe in 1910 as plain “Colonel Roosevelt,” he was hailed as the most famous man in the world. Crowned heads vied to put him up in their palaces. “If I see another king,” he joked, “I think I shall bite him.”

Had TR won his historic “Bull Moose” campaign...more
Hardcover, 784 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Random House (first published 2010)
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Chrissie
Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th US president. There are several charts ranking the US presidents and in all that I have seen he places fourth or fifth from the top. Lincoln, Washington and FDR, they are the ones that sit at the top. Jefferson and Theodore vie for the fourth position depending on which chart you look at. Maybe for this reason I can convince you to read this trilogy, written by Edmund Morris. This book is the last of the trilogy. In my view they must all be read together. The tril...more
Jim
I have completed now the third volume of Edmund Morris's monumental three-volume biography of Theodore Roosevelt. As I finished the first volume (THE RISE OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT), I felt certain it was the best biography I had ever read. The second volume (THEODORE REX) gave me no reason to change my mind. Now the third and final book in the trilogy has convinced me even further that this is a book (or series of books) for the ages. Finishing this book felt the way I felt at the end of KING LEAR...more
Joe
Now that's what I'm talking about! This is the book I was hoping for when I read "Theodore Rex." Morris really lets you know the history AND the man in this one.

Roosevelt was such an interesting guy. Morris makes it clear that he really only started the Bull Moose Party as a big screw you to Taft just because Taft wasn't doing things the way he wanted them done. For all intents and purposes Roosevelt handed the election to Wilson.

It would have been very interesting to see what Roosevelt would ha...more
Steven Peterson
A wonderful conclusion to Edmund Morris' trilogy, the biography of Theodore Roosevelt. Here he is, warts and all (and there are surely warts to be seen).

The work starts off after TR has left the White House to become "citizen Roosevelt." We see him leaving for an African tour, replete with many animal trophies from his hunting prowess. He made a tour of Europe, in which he was hailed by national leaders of all stripes--from monarchs to democratically elected officials. The visits from one count...more
Jay Connor
This is the third and final volume of Edmund Morris’ superb Pulitzer Prize winning biography of Theodore Roosevelt. Though the period covered here is a mere eight years (1910 to 1919) from post-presidency to death, it exhibits all of the range, excitement and exuberance of the two earlier volumes because at its core it has the larger than life – the “polygonal personality” – of sportsman, explorer, author, speechmaker, statesman, politician Teddy Roosevelt. What a romp!

After a five month Africa...more
Richard
This is the long-anticipated trilogy completion of Edmund Morris' masterful biography of Theodore Roosevelt. He wrote the first installment, "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt" in 1979; the story was continued with "Theodore Rex" in 2001.

"Colonel Roosevelt", reflecting the manner in which he preferred to refer to himself, starts when Theodore's life seems to be reaching its fulfillment, at age fifty, in 1909. Roosevelt had just handed the reigns of the United States government to his good friend W...more
Maureen
It took me awhile, but I finally finished this, the final section in Edmund Morris's splendid tripartite biography of Theodore Roosevelt. In some ways, I guess after leaving office, TR found the approval in the rest of the world that he could not as readily find at home. Whether he was killing hundreds of animals on safari in Africa, going on a quest in South America to map an uncharted river (and nearly dying in the process), or attending the state funeral of King Edward VII, Roosevelt found a...more
Tony
Years ago, I was throwing back beers with a friend and we raised the question: if you could go back to any point in history, as an observer, when or what event would you choose. We mulled certain battles, maybe being at the grassy knoll on Nov. 22, 1963. But I decided I would like to have been on the boat that brought my grandmother from Poland to the United States back in 1910. She was unaccompanied and all of thirteen years old. I knew her only as an old woman, sharing the few English words sh...more
Tom
An exhaustive an exhastive look at TR's life after the White house. I despise the way the book does end notes. I hate end notes that just site page numbers.
Jim Hale
Audiobooks keep getting better and this is another fine example. Actor Mark Deakins nails Teddy! He uses his high-pitched, clipped, and convincing TR voice for every TR quote and it works terrifically. I never got tired of it. Of course this is the masterwork of Edmund Morris, whose now completed three volume bio of one of America's most interesting, prolific and consequential Presidents must rate at the very top of the Presidential bio heap. I do a lot of driving and have found that non-fiction...more
D.M. Kenyon
It is hard for someone of the modern generation to fully appreciate how immensely popular and powerful Theodore Roosevelt was in his own time. The international celebration of the election of Barack Obama to the United States presidency pales in comparison to Roosevelt's extended tour of Europe following his departure from public office. Another substantial difference is that Obama's celebrity occurred before he had suffered the slings and arrows of public office while Roosevelt's celebrity was...more
Sherie
The life of Theodore Roosevelt is like reading an ongoing paradox. The man loved to hunt and kill big game, and yet, embraced the notion of conservation of the species. He glorified war, and yet, helped settle the Russian-Japanese conflict. He was the quintessential parent, and yet, when his first wife died (on the same day as his mother) he left his daughter in the care of family and went west to assuage his grief. His grief for the loss was so great that he did not speak of her and a great rif...more
Mariam
Nov 15, 2011 Mariam added it
Shelves: to-re-read
I whole-heartedly recommend this to anyone interested in history, politics or competition of any kind.
Leilani
I found it fascinating reading this just after Doris Kearns Goodwin's The Bully Pulpit and contrasting their vastly different depictions of TR and Taft - hers so admiring of Taft, the man so much better at being a judge than a president, and dismissive of post-presidency Roosevelt's mania to return to power; and Morris's so fond of TR's gusto and scornful of Taft (who seems to be crying every time he is mentioned, almost). If you're interested in the period at all, I strongly recommend reading b...more
Ed
Feb 06, 2011 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any lover of biography
This is the third and last volume in Morris' massive biography of Theodore Roosevelt. Confession:Teddy has long been one of my favorite presidents, and so I am predisposed to a high level of interest in the book. I also very much enjoyed the first two volumes.
Morris was born of British parents in Kenya and became an American citizen has an adult. I believe this adds a freshness to his view of Roosevelt. He obviously has a great respect for Roosevelt and is in awe of the man's intellectual abili...more
Bap
This was definitely the weakest of the three volume bio of Teddy Roosevelt. Not for lack of good material. Teddy started out his retirement by embarking on a year long safari in Africa with his son Kermit. Teddy slaughtered hundreds, then thousands of animals, the numbers mind boggling and discouraging.. He then returned to the states and decided that his hand picked guy forth white house, the portly Taft, was not worthy. Teddy ran in the 1912 election. Rebuffed GOP, he ran as a Bull Moose progr...more
Bill Hall
And now, at last, the third and final act of one of the greatest accounts of one of the most remarkable lives in American history.

“Colonel Roosevelt” brings to a close Edmund Morris’ trilogy on the life of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, prolific author, naturalist, cowboy, husband and father. It picks up where the story left off at the end of volume two—Roosevelt’s departure from the presidency in March 1909 and closes with his death in January 1919. The last decade of...more
Justin
Colonel Roosevelt is the third and final volume in Morris’s biography of Theodore Roosevelt. Morris perhaps questionably devotes the entire third volume (and thus one third of the complete biography) to TDR’s life after leaving the presidency. However, as former presidents go, TDR led a volume-worthy post-presidency life.

The first chapter (covering TDR’s African safari that famously overshadowed his successor’s early days in office) is written in a strange and stilted voice that makes it difficu...more
rmn
This is the third and final volume of Edmund Morris’ epic look at the life of Teddy Roosevelt and much like the first two, it reads like a work of fiction given Morris’ lively writing style and his ability to craft a story. Plus Roosevelt’s life was so extraordinary that it is unlikely even the greatest of novelists could have dreamed it up, so Morris had incredibly rich material with which to work.

The book focuses on Roosevelt’s life post-Presidency and much like the first volume, it follows hi...more
Paul Anderson
The final book in his planned trilogy chronicling the life of the 26th president, Edmund Morris gives the reader COLONEL ROOSEVELT, which tells of the final years of TR, beginning immediately after leaving the White House in March of 1909. The book is every bit as good as THE RISE OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT and THEODORE REX, but, at this point, the reader feels an almost inescapable sense of anti-climax--not because of Morris or the subject matter, but because the reader knows that this is the final...more
Greg
Part of me wants to give _Colonel Roosevelt_ 5 stars. This is part of one of the great modern biographies, and TR was an incredibly interesting man. I guess that I'm subtracting some because of the amount of time spent in the book on TR's trips through Brazil and Africa; I'm fascinated to know that he took such trips, but I suppose I didn't want to read quite so much about them. Just not my thing.

Roosevelt is inspiring because of his energy, his brilliance, his generally progressive instincts, h...more
Nicole Marble
Outstanding book!
And here is a politician I could vote for! And his positions are quite timely - IE he decried politicians bought and paid for by banks and corporations, a problem with us today; he felt labor should be valued more than capital since labor does the work that produces wealth; he opposed corporate money in elections and felt conservation of the land was the most important thing in a country after self defense; he believed the wealthy should pay more taxes because they had more mone...more
Elizabeth
This is the last book in the trilogy....spoiler alert....he dies at the end. If someone had suggested a few years ago I read approximately 2400 pages on Theodore Roosevelt, I would have told them life was too short for that undertaking. I may have to reread these books. Roosevelt was really a larger-than-life character. I wish we had a progressive politician today who was so outspoken, cared about the environment and about the poor, and was so intelligent. Alas. Of course he had many faults (man...more
Greg Bailey
I finally finished Morris' Teddy trilogy. It's certainly a monumental achievement in biography, but after the first volume, which I liked so much I read it twice, I found the second and third volumes anticlimactic. Maybe that's due to the way Morris organized the material--volume 1, "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt," is breathtaking in terms of TR's swift ascent, and it ends just as he comes to the presidency. Volume 2 covers his presidential years, and volume 3 the years after. All in all, I'm g...more
Gary Anderson
Colonel Roosevelt is the third and final installment of Edmund Morris's monumental telling of Theodore Roosevelt's epic life. This volume deals with Roosevelt's post-presidency.

Theodore Roosevelt left the White House and almost immediately embarked on a months-long African safari followed by a long tour of Europe. When he returned to America, he was courted by disaffected Republicans who wanted him to challenge the sitting president, William Howard Taft. Roosevelt then launched a new political...more
Kane
All in all, an astonishing trilogy, and one that is essential to understanding America in the early 20th century. While this book was not as consistently entertaining as the previous two (Roosevelt turns into a bit of a crank in his later years) there's still a lot to take in here. The highlights for me were Roosevelt's adventures into Africa (on safari) and South America (on an exploratory mission). The extended section on the Roosevelt's involvement in World War 1 was also gripping. Not knowin...more
Terry
The final volume of Edmund Morris' monumental biography of Theodore Roosevelt does not disappoint. T.R. was a man full of action and on the move - coping with post-presidential life was a real trial for him. Immediately after leaving office in 1909, Roosevelt spent months in East Africa hunting big game and engaging in scientific research. After pursuing and losing a presidential bid on the Progressive ticket in 1912, he spent months in Brazil on another more dangerous undertaking mapping a then...more
Mark Roth
This book is the third volume of a three-volume biography of Theodore Roosevelt, America's 26th president. This volume covers the years between the end of his presidency and his death.

In my reviews of the first two volumes of this biography, I emphasized how fascinating of a man I find Roosevelt, and that fascination has not waned at all in this final volume. This book covers the latter part of his life in as much detail as the first two volumes had, including well-known events such as his bolti...more
Cheri
Nov 23, 2010 Cheri marked it as to-read
Bought this today at Costco....was the only copy I saw. It couldn't be the ONLY copy, but it was the only one I saw there. Next to a huge pile of Palin's new book.....hmmm.....pile + Palin. Now, that works. Perfect symmetry.
Jay
Having finished Morris's TR trilogy, I feel like he could have written another volume about Roosevelt. There is so much information packed into the books, but it doesn't feel dense. Morris does a great job making TR and those around him come alive, while managing to impart a lot of knowledge on the reader. The late 1800s and early 1900s has always been a mystery to me. It's not a time period I was ever interested in. While reading Colonel Roosevelt, I actually read up on WWI just so I could have...more
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Edmund Morris is a writer best known for his biographies of United States presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. Morris received his early education in Kenya after which he attended Rhodes University in South Africa. He worked as an advertising copywriter in London before emigrating to the United States in 1968.
His biography The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt won the Pulitzer Prize and Natio...more
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