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Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris
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Nov 30, 10

Read in November, 2010

Theodore Roosevelt was placed on the Republican ticket as the vice-presidential candidate in 1900 to get him out of New York state politics. After McKinley's assassination, he became the nation's youngest president. Theodore Rex traces Roosevelt's years in power, his reelection in 1904, and his guidance of the transfer of power to his successor, William Howard Taft. Leading the executive branch during the Progressive period was a challenging task. Roosevelt, initially, had to try to maintain cordial relations with the Progressives while trying not to unsettle the Old Guard segment of the Republican Party in Congress. However, as the years went on, Roosevelt, especially after being elected in his own right in 1904, increasing turned away from the conservative policies favored by the pro-business wing of the party and supported increased government power. His administration put teeth into both the Interstate Commerce Act and the Sherman Anti-trust Act, negotiated the Panama Canal treaty, came close to war with Japan, and saw a significant increase in the development of a modern Navy. Roosevelt was an active man with myriad interests and he left a lasting impact on the presidency. I wish that the rating system of Goodreads had more flexibility because, in truth, I would have rated this examination of the Roosevelt presidency as 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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