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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
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Hardcover, 784 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Random House (first published 2010)
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Guy Austin I read Bully Pulpit. Enjoyed it, but I do plan to read the trilogy by Morris for a more complete portrait of TR. He is such an interesting Character.…moreI read Bully Pulpit. Enjoyed it, but I do plan to read the trilogy by Morris for a more complete portrait of TR. He is such an interesting Character. (less)
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Jim
Aug 26, 2011 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Max
May 29, 2015 Max rated it it was amazing
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In Morris’ third volume we leave behind TR the thoughtful president and pick up again TR the adventurer. Following his second term in 1909, TR goes on a yearlong African safari where he and his associates kill or trap over 10,000 animals. Mostly, the animals or skins are shipped back to the Smithsonian or other museums. With the boy in him revitalized he heads off to Europe where he is entertained by royalty and prominent figures. Some of these contacts particularly the time spent with Kaiser Wi ...more
Chrissie
Jul 02, 2013 Chrissie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Richard
May 07, 2012 Richard rated it it was amazing
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
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Checkman
Solid biography of Roosevelt's last ten years of life. His "retirement" would be considered a lifetime of experiences for most people and that probably contributed to his relatively early death. He simply was unable to slow down and adjust his activity level as he grew older.Between the African safari, Amazon expedition (where he almost died) and a brutal presidential campaign Roosevelt made demands on himself that his aging body was unable to meet - he literally burned out. Possibly he simply n ...more
Joe
Jan 27, 2014 Joe rated it really liked it
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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
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Steve
Mar 06, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it
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“Colonel Roosevelt” is the final volume in Edmund Morris’s trilogy covering the life of Theodore Roosevelt. Published in 2010, this widely anticipated volume concluded a three-decade long effort to chronicle the life of this colorful and complex man. Morris is currently working on a biography of Thomas Edison.

The volume opens with Roosevelt embarking on an African safari just weeks after leaving the White House. Morris regales his audience with tales of ad
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Steven Peterson
Dec 04, 2010 Steven Peterson rated it it was amazing
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
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Jay Connor
Jan 10, 2011 Jay Connor rated it it was amazing
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
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Tony
Jan 22, 2011 Tony rated it it was amazing
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
Leilani
Apr 15, 2014 Leilani rated it really liked it
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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
Maureen
May 12, 2012 Maureen rated it it was amazing
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
Mark
The publication in 1979 of Edmund Morris's The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt heralded the start of a monumental multi-volume study of our nation's 26th president. Though sidetracked for a number of years by his assignment as Ronald Reagan's official biographer, Morris finally released his second volume, Theodore Rex, in 2001, which chronicled Roosevelt's life during his years in the White House. This book, which recount's Roosevelt's post-presidential years, provides a long-awaited completion to Mo ...more
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
Nov 14, 2011 D.M. Kenyon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
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
Feb 14, 2011 Sherie rated it really liked it
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
Paul Anderson
Feb 14, 2013 Paul Anderson rated it it was amazing
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
Richard Moss
Jul 12, 2015 Richard Moss rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
A fittingly great final volume of a great American life, the third instalment of Morris's epic biography deals with Theodore Roosevelt's last decade.

But this former President is not someone who fades from public life, or basks in former glories on the lecture circuit.

Teddy Roosevelt remains a force of nature right until the last few months of his life.

There are some brilliant setpieces in this book - none more vivid than the account of Roosevelt's expedition to the Amazon. It's a remarkable achi
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Tom
Dec 12, 2010 Tom rated it it was amazing
Shelves: american-history
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.
Shazia
Jun 12, 2015 Shazia rated it it was ok
This is an all encompassing biography of Theodore Roosevelt's life. It covers every detail of his later life. I enjoyed what I learned about Roosevelt; I finished with an appreciation of how remarkable he was. Roosevelt was a truly complex man, striving to live according to his own code and to do the right thing, yet with very human foibles. However, this book is one of a triology which is meant to comprehensively cover Roosevelt's life. As far as I can tell, it does that, but I would have prefe ...more
Mariam
I whole-heartedly recommend this to anyone interested in history, politics or competition of any kind.
Joseph
Jan 13, 2016 Joseph rated it really liked it
Shelves: personal-copy
Finally finished this extraordinary trilogy. Giving this four stars, because nothing comes close to the first book, "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt," one of my all-time favorites of any genre. This book describes the winding and wending of TR after leaving the White House: his falling out with Taft, assumption of the Progressive Party mantle, and increasing hawkishness. The vitality of the man comes through loud and clear in the retelling of his exploration of and near death along the River of D ...more
Christopher Sturcke
Jun 23, 2015 Christopher Sturcke rated it liked it
It has taken me quite a while to get through Morris's trilogy, but it was well worth it. I found this third volume to be good and very interesting but not as good as the first two volumes. Morris's writing style more or less follows that of Theodore Rex which was more fluid than his earlier style that characterized The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt's post-presidential life is certainly fascinating but the more I read the more I became frustrated with his attitudes. Too many times in his ...more
Artiom Karsiuk
Dec 09, 2014 Artiom Karsiuk rated it really liked it
The first book was "Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., the prodigy".
The second book was "Theodore Rex, the pop-star president".
The third book was "Colonel Roosevelt, the struggling mortal".

Not surprisingly, I found this book to be very sad. If you take a classic western, at the end of the day the hero is victorious and rides off into the sunset. Roll credits! That was the end of Theodore Rex. The movie doesn't show you how the hero succumbs to old age and becomes a frail grandpa that eventually ends up in
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Ed
Feb 06, 2011 Ed rated it really liked it
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
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Bap
Sep 03, 2011 Bap rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
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
Oct 21, 2010 Bill Hall rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, biography
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
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H.
Jun 09, 2011 H. rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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
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rmn
Jun 26, 2011 rmn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
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
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Greg
Jan 14, 2011 Greg rated it really liked it
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
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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
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“Norway...looked to Roosevelt "as funny a kingdom as was ever imagined outside of opera bouffe....It is much as if Vermont should offhand try the experiment of having a king.” 6 likes
“He has,in short,reached his peak as a hunter,exuberantly altered from the pale,overweight statesman of ten months ago. Africa's way of reducing every problem of existence to dire alternatives-shoot or starve,kill or be killed,shelter or suffer,procreate or count for nothing-has clarified his thinking,purged him of politics and its constant search for compromise.” 0 likes
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