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Works: The Strenuous Life

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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We be...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by Nabu Press (first published November 30th 1900)
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So as it turns out, everything Roosevelt ever said was done for the purposes of training men for manliness. At least that's how it seems. Is it a little ridiculous and a lot sexist/jingoistic? Yep, but it's also the most inspiring stuff you'll be likely to read from the mouth of an American president. No other orator has made me want to punch a wildebeest in the face or subdue barbarian cultures more. (Hmm, that second bit is a little unsavory, isn't it?) Nevertheless, Roosevelt paints a very ap...more
Theodore Roosevelt needs no introduction. However, much of his writings do. This collection of essays, including the Strenuous Life, is a good starting point for getting to know the Roosevelt that stated: "speak softly and carry a big stick". His essays here do not speak so softly, but they do carry a big stick. I wish that I could say that I enjoyed them, but the essays primarily extol military might, "clean and healthy lives", righteousness and duty to country.

While these concepts are not in...more
Laura Jean
I had high hopes for such a titled work by one of America's great leaders. This is a speech Theodore Roosevelt made in 1905 in Chicago, and in it, Roosevelt extols men--and he is very clear that he is speaking to men--to live strenuous lives full of struggle and grand dreams. Grand dreams include the building of the isthmian canal (Panama Canal), our forefathers' fighting of the Civil War, and being captains of industry (railroads, etc.). He does, however, warn that "neither was any nation ever...more
Gregory Rothbard
Theodore Roosevelt encouraged me to get off my butt and get the dishes in the dishwasher, to start the washing machine, and to start my car to run errands.
Nick Klagge
I had very high hopes for this book. A friend of mine, with whom I often discuss political and philosophical issues, had suggested to me that I'd like Teddy Roosevelt (based on some affinities in world-views), and I had read and enjoyed a few of his speeches.

The main thing I like about TR's outlook is his constant emphasis on individual virtue as the foundation of success and greatness for the nation. I think that today, it's pretty rare for politicians to talk in these terms--especially liberal...more
Mohammad Ali Abedi
“Nations that expand and nations that do not expand may both ultimately go down, but the one leaves heirs and a glorious memory, and the other leaves neither.”

I admire Theodore Roosevelt only to the extent that he is had a strong character and was able to achieve his goals by strengthening and pushing himself to his own limits.

However, this does not mean I subscribe to any of his philosophies. In many ways, if lines were drawn, my side and Roosevelt’s would be opposite. Reading his speeches, Ro...more
Joris Wils
A treatise on how one can live vigorously in a land of choice. Before America people were either "idle" nobles or hardworking tradesmen & farmers. One did what one was told by necessity, force or religion.

By the 1900s the USA is prosperous and people have choice. Roosevelt discusses how to run a vigorous country where individuality, collective and government work together.

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A great book for everyone, especially young teenagers.
Andd Becker
This compilation of 1899-1901 essays and speeches shows Theodore Roosevelt's values: living a virtuous life; working hard in school; having self-respect.
His 1900 essay "The American Boy" is a must-read for boys. His 1901 "National Duties" speech provides the context for the "Speak softly and carry a big stick -- you will go far" proverb which is misattributed to him.
Kevin Driskill
This is an easy read with many illustrations and extras. One of the truly great men of our nations history. This book gives the whole story even mistakes he made in judgment, but gives a brief overview of a great man.
David Alexandre Silva
Fenomenal, um exemplo de vida de um grande homem. Uma analise de oratoria sobre o que significa viver para uma causa superior, sobre ter caracter e lutar pelos principios adjacentes a civilizacao, grandiosidade e uma vida com significado. Todos os homens que se minimamente apelidem de homens deviam ler este livro, e adoptar passagens como manifesto pessoal.
Along with everything else he accomplished, TR was a master of the essay, spoken or printed. He conveys his ideas with clarity, passion, and absolute confidence. This deserves to be taught in Rhetoric classes as well as in History. (*Agreeing* with his ideas is another matter.)
Bill Donhiser
Truly a must read applies every bit as much now as when written, maybe even more. Worth reading multiple times
Interesting commentary on living a purposeful life and its extrapolation to society and nations
Excellent book. Should be read on a regular basis.....
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Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919), also known as T.R., and to the public (but never to friends and intimates) as Teddy, was the twenty-sixth President of the United States, and a leader of the Republican Party and of the Progressive Movement. He became the youngest President in United States history at the age of 42. He served in many roles including Governor of New York...more
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