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The Autobiography of Theodore Roosevelt

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,445 ratings  ·  111 reviews
Theodore Roosevelt’s writing has the same verve, panache, and energy as the life he lived. Perhaps no president in U.S. history—not even Jefferson—had so many opinions and intellectual interests, believed in so many causes, or worked so hard to translate his beliefs into action. A hard-headed idealist, an unabashed interventionist, a crusader on behalf of environmental p
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Paperback, 442 pages
Published December 13th 2010 by Simon & Brown (first published 1913)
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Craig Cunningham
This is a brilliant book, and Roosevelt creates a wonderful autobiography. This is required reading for most in the area of American History, begining of the 20th century, and late 19th century. This is wonderful primary source material.
Bertcrabbe
Jan 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was ridiculously good. Roosevelt was a one-of-a-kind.

I wish we had more like him.

His 'speak softly and carry a big stick' rhetoric won him the reputation of a war monger but the fact is that in his 7 1/2 year term as president (he took over for McKinley when he was assassinated 6 months into his presidency), America was totally at peace and not one round was fired at an enemy.

A couple of other interesting facts about TR:

- He lived in Oyster Bay, Long Island.

- He started life asthmat
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Ron
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, history
"Whether in national or in private affairs it is ordinarily not advisable to make a bluff which cannot be put through."

Many of us don't recognize the fourth person on Mount Rushmore. Many more, knowing only the caricature he's become, don't know why Teddy Roosevelt is there. Reading his autobiography helps bridge that gap. Roosevelt was a Progressive. We who see the world through the lens of Democrat or Republican will not readily understand what that means. In our terms, Roosevelt was a liberal
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Colin Darby
TR's autobiography suffers from two problems. First, the author has an exceptionally high opinion of himself and his causes, and never acknowledges the slightest possibility of error in principle even when he acknowledges that his opponents were equally high-minded men. As often as not, he lacks that acknowledgement, though, which leads to his autobiography being a series of moments where he describes his awesomeness as awesome stuff happens while he does awesome deeds because he is a man and me ...more
Marty Reeder
After reading H.W. Brands’s biography on Theodore Roosevelt, I knew that I wasn’t done with him. I needed more. And who better to go to than the horse’s mouth? At first, I simply read some of his speeches and his account of the Rough Riders, but then I found his autobiography and decided to take a big bite.

As writers go, Roosevelt is engaging. It’s comforting to be able to recognize his own style and know that you’re not dealing with a ghost writer. That brash, sincere, and self-aware voice is n
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Eileen
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars (liked it)
Donald Owens II
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised at how well President Roosevelt wrote. With few exceptions, he kept my attention, and with good humor.

Like most autobiographies, the book was partly a defense of his beliefs and actions. On periphery and personal character matters I agreed, but I was not convinced by his core political views, especially his "ends justify the means" defense of government overreach and his overstepping the constitutional limits of his office.

But personally he appears to have been a courageous, li
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Garrett
This is an excellent volume. Roosevelt's autobiography is quite interesting, particularly how he describes his time out West as well as with the Rough Riders. It's also quite valuable because he gives an estimate of his own actions in office and defends them according to his principles. He does go into quite a bit of detail on several situations so it can be a bit dry reading at times.

Included in this volume is "The Strenuous Life" a speech T. R. gave in Chicago. Absolutely fantastic and quite
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Jason D'Souza
Teddy Roosevelt died 97 years ago and spoke of his father as, "the best man I ever knew."
Reading his autobiography, the president upon reaching the White House, "never took any serious step or made any vital decision for his country, without thinking first what position his father would have taken."
Theodore's father taught Sunday School, contributed in founding charities for homeless orphans and newsboys.
Proverbs 23:24 "He who fathers a wise son will be glad in him."
Stephen Byron
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite people, not because he was President, we had many of them ; but because what he did with the office he held.In this book it explains his feelings on all types of issues and lets us see for ourselves how he was before his time. In this book it is also written how he respected nature and it is a great read so enjoy...
Rosa Ramôa
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"Muito melhor é arriscar coisas grandiosas para ganhar vitórias gloriosas – mesmo que estampadas pelo fracasso – do que se alinhar com aqueles espíritos pobres que nem aproveitam muito nem sofrem muito, porque vivem em uma penumbra cinzenta que não conhece nem a vitória nem a derrota".
(Theodore Roosevelt)
Jeremy
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More of a memoir than an autobiography. While Roosevelt was a genius and a work horse it seems he couldn't get past the self aggrandizing in his writing. The book is quite inspiring and well worth the read.
Lori
Mar 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm about halfway through this amazing book. So far it is an amazing tale. I can't wait until I can sit down and finish it.
Selina
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This should be required reading for college students studying American history or politics.
Michael de Percy
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This autobiography is a mini-tome. Reading it from the perspective of a foreigner means I comment disinterestedly on the work of one of the US Presidents who was immortalised in Mount Rushmore. I have read Roosevelt's The Strenuous Life, and while I enjoyed reading it, I was surprised by the rather cumbersome writing style of a man who allegedly read tens of thousands of books. Maybe speed-reading (for which Roosevelt was apparently famous) doesn't help with writing? There was so much of the man ...more
Royce Ratterman
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A captivating autobiography of the youngest President in USA's history. He certainly led a full life and one directed at fighting corruption, crime, ignorance, etc.
The conservation legacy of Theodore Roosevelt is found in the 230 million acres of public lands he helped establish during his presidency. Much of that land - 150 millions acres - was set aside as national forests. Roosevelt created the present-day USFS in 1905, an organization within the Department of Agriculture. The idea was to con
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Matthew
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Theodore Roosevelt paints himself in the most accurate way he can in this book. He lays out all of his opinions and his beliefs and even mentions some of his flaws and biggest regrets and turns it into quite possibly the best autobiography I have ever read. Being a polisci major in college I have always found it interesting studying why politicians do the things they do or why people follow movements. What drives people is fascinating and in this autobiography Teddy takes you into his mind and y ...more
Amy
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, presidents
It pains me to only give 2 stars to a book written by my favorite president, but "it was okay" is an honest and accurate assessment.

I'm not into political history at all, and a large chunk of this book is long-winded descriptions of political things from 100+ years ago. Snooze. I skimmed over most of these chunks. It got too tedious after a while.

The segments where Roosevelt is talking about nature and books were a complete tone shift, and I actually would love to read more of this sort of thing
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Rupak Banerjee
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, biographies
An amazing book. I listened to the audiobook from https://librivox.org/

It was well read. But now I do want to go back and read it from a book, take notes, highlight stuff. It has too many great quotes to miss out on. Loved listening to it.

The book starts off with Roosevelt's early life experiences and references the American Civil War. I had never before read a book that talks about those experiences directly and of horse-drawn carriages. So it was an eye-opener right away. It goes through his
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Arlen
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure I would ever finish this. Teddy really needed a editor. One hundred word sentences tend to be hard to follow. Despite the wordy style the content was quite interesting, although, except for some childhood memories, it was devoid of family remembrances. He gave great descriptions of cattle drives in North Dakota, but said nothing about the family tragedies that drove him out there. His military and political careers are covered in great detail and, considering today's political mess ...more
Andrew
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have highlighted and saved more sections in this book than any previously. Theodore Roosevelt held high ideals, and he writes very persuasively about them. His ideals - about honest, fairness, justice, America's place as a great power, military might, globalism, environmentalism - are timely with our modern struggles and problems. Just as the industrial revolution and the technological advances of the beginning of the 20th century upended all aspects of society, such disarray can be found in t ...more
Patricia Wolverton
Surprising view of a president

I was surprised that Roosevelt had accomplished so much. I did no know that he originally became president as vice president replacing a resident's dealth. He was very active. Very well read, multilingual, physically active, he even was a.cowboy for a while. He was very much a conservationist. In fact, he has been raised,in my opinion . As on of the best presidents and a real patriot.
I have one warning, in writing his autobiograhy, he is at times wordy. But it was
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Elizabeth
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I realized while reading this that I don't read many formal autobiographies. I read this for a discussion group, and I really enjoyed it. I think it will make for good discussions. This is a great primary document and would be very informative to anyone interested in American history, government, or philosophy.

There are a few descriptive chapters that are little over-detailed for my opinion, but when he makes a point about his ideas, he is very clear. He illustrates his thoughts quite well, and
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Ross
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did not like this book and would only recommend it to someone who either wants to know why President Roosevelt made specific decisions or someone studying early 20th century American politics.

That said, TR is one of my favorite characters in American history. Parts of this book were fascinating: his early life, his time on a ranch in Nebraska, his love of nature, and his contributions during the Spanish American War. The rest of the book is a long winded memoir where TR justifies his policy d
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Ryan Lindberg
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Theodore Roosevelt, in my opinion, was one of the best Presidents the United States has ever had. In his autobiography, he takes great care to detail key moments of his upbringing, which he believes molded him into a proper man, and suggests the importance of each event as valued knowledge to the American. Roosevelt believed it was his duty to treat the common man the same he would any captain of industry. Each page of his autobiography seems relevant today and will remain a timeless read as eac ...more
Sunil
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics-history
A very interesting life. He grows up loving the outdoors, becomes a lawyer, enters politics, fights in wars, is a farmer, is a governer, is president etc. The amount of things Teddy gets up to is incredible. He sticks to his principles regardless of what others say about him. A really tough macho man who loves to read and cares about his family. What a guy, no wonder they put his face on a mountain.
Sam
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has changed how I view Teddy R and America. Seeing that things swing back and forth, that great people change this nation, suffer setbacks and that the forces of greed and abuse are never absent, but that there are always good and strong people out there that can and do reign them in makes me more hopeful about our country. An amazing read.
Carol Blakeman
I really enjoyed learning about the life and times of Theodore Roosevelt. He lived with gusto and his writing reflects that. He wants his reader to understand and appreciate his point of view. Though some accuse him of self aggrandizement, I just see someone who worked hard to do as he saw right. We should all work so hard!
Prabhat
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
Theodore Roosevelt: An autobiography- first, description about being a sickly child and being educated at home, second, in spite of ill health, he took admission in Harward College, then law at Columbia School of Law. He participated in rowing and boxing at College. As an educated man, he participated in New York politics and was elected to New York State Assembly.
Chris Hess
I like reading about TR more than reading him write about himself. This one is pretty dry and often not all that personal. Much more of a diatribe about his views than about his personal experience. The best bits are when he is discussing being out in nature actually.
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Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., also known as T.R., and to the public (but never to friends and family) as Teddy, was the twenty-sixth President of the United States, and a leader of the Republican Party and of the Progressive Movement.

He became the youngest President in United States history at the age of 42. He served in many roles including Governor of New York, historian, naturalist, explorer, autho
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