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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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Published November 23rd 2010 by Random House Audio (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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Jan 23, 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
May 22, 2015 Max rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-history
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
Apr 11, 2013 Chrissie rated it really liked it
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
May 02, 2012 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jay Connor
Jan 07, 2011 Jay Connor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 16, 2010 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 07, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“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
Steven Peterson
Dec 04, 2010 Steven Peterson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 15, 2014 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
May 12, 2011 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 02, 2014 Leilani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, biography
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
This is the third volume in Edmund Morris's massive three-volume biography of President Theodore Roosevelt (following "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt" and "Theodore Rex"). If you ever wondered why Teddy was on Mt. Rushmore, Morris provides the answers.

"Colonel Roosevelt" focuses on Roosevelt's post-Presidency. These years were as action-packed and controversial as those that preceded his Presidency, including his African safari (in which he shot seemingly half the animals on the Continent but p
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
A comprehensive biography of TR's post-presidency days, it read rather more apologist than I anticipated. Perhaps, in the end, that was its intent; a humanizing read of a man considered one of America's greatest presidents and, thusly, immortalized in American consciousness as both Teddy bear(s) and Mt. Rushmore stoic.
Paul Anderson
Feb 14, 2013 Paul Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 14, 2011 Sherie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
D.M. Kenyon
Nov 14, 2011 D.M. Kenyon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jun 14, 2010 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
I whole-heartedly recommend this to anyone interested in history, politics or competition of any kind.
Apr 10, 2017 Yenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful, if not melancholic portrait of Theodore in the last decade of his life and the decline from his zenith back to a life of a private citizen

Of course, being Theodore Roosevelt, a placid retirement is not in his cards. Whether it's swashbuckling on a safari or Amazon river adventure, cajoling with the European aristocracy, issuing vehement polemics against political foes, or fracturing his party in one of the great schisms in US history, he continues to embody the Strenuous Life, refu
Artiom Karsiuk
Sep 26, 2014 Artiom Karsiuk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 13, 2011 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 26, 2011 rmn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Richard Moss
Jun 30, 2015 Richard Moss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Christopher Sturcke
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
It has been so long since I read Morris' previous volumes on Theodore Roosevelt and I've been waiting for this volume for so long that I had forgotten just how wonderfully written this whole series has been. Theodore Roosevelt, the Lion of American history, has been fully realized by this author and this volume along with the preceding ones deserve to be considered as THE definitive works on the man's life. This final volume covers the last ten years of Roosevelt's life following his departure f ...more
Bill Hall
Oct 21, 2010 Bill Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 09, 2011 H. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 03, 2011 Bap rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.” 7 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.” 1 likes
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