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Island of Vice by Richard Zacks
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Not knowing much about Theodore Roosevelt before reading this book (even that he was a native New Yorker like myself!), I was excited to read this book about his time as Police Commissioner of NYC. This book was so interesting I could hardly bear to put it down... Not only is Roosevelt a fascinating character, but learning about the intrigues of NY politics and Tammany Hall made this story even more interesting. Although he had his flaws to be sure (hotheaded and overly confident in himself at times), TR was a truly fascinating man, and I came away from this book admiring him for his zeal, energy, and love for life and doing the right thing no matter what the cost... There aren't many politicians who still stick to their guns when push comes to shove. This fun, interesting, and highly readable book made me want to know more about Theodore Roosevelt and his accomplishments. A must read for any student of history.
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