Aug 14, 10
Read in March, 2010
This is a comprehensive look at the early life of Theodore Roosevelt, from childhood to the Vice Presidency. Edmund Morris’s fast paced 20 page introduction paints a colorful and entertaining portrait of TR, which nearly makes acquiring the book worthwhile on its own. From naturalist, cowboy, politician, war hero, police commissioner, and author, TR was truly a larger than life character. This biography captures the enormous spirit of the man and his unending energy that drove him from one amazing feat to the next. The book flounders only occasionally, given its tendency to become bogged down in details of personal endeavors, legislative process, or complex reviews of TR’s many books. These sections may drive the reader to scan from time to time. However, anyone with the slightest interest in Theodore Roosevelt, or the late 19th century, should consider investing some time in this great work.