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Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris
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Jan 26, 2012

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This is the second of Edmund Morris' biographical trilogy on Theodore Roosevelt. This book is well written and seems to capture the living, breathing "Teddy". I wasn't as taken by this book as the first (The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt), mostly because they are both about the same length (~550 p), but the 1st covered 42 years while the second covered less than 8 years, therefore there is a lot more minutia in the 2nd book. Nevertheless, I came away with an enormous appreciation of everything that Teddy Roosevelt accomplished in a little less than 2 terms in office. Amazingly, he was incredibly popular when he left office. There's no doubt that he would have been elected for a 3rd term (2nd elected term)if he had chosen to run. He wisely chose not to. It's clear from the book that power had begun to go to Roosevelt's head -- he was amazingly successful in getting his legislative agenda passed, even with enemies (many from his own party) in the House and Senate. His list of accomplishments is quite stunning. By the time he left office (at the age of 51),he had built the 2nd greatest navy in the world (Britain being 1st); the Panama canal was well on it's way to completion; Cuba had an independent government; he'd started a national dialog on conservation of resources; he created 18 national monuments and 5 national parks, and the list goes on. There's no question he deserves to be on Mt. Rushmore! I look forward to the third book in this series, Colonel Roosevelt.
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