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The Lion and the Journalist: The Unlikely Friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and Joseph Bucklin Bishop

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Theodore Roosevelt, accidental president, and Joseph Bishop, newspaper editor, met when the future Rough Rider was police commissioner of New York City. This is the remarkable story of mutual loyalty and dedication that ranges from police corruption on the streets of New York, through days of boldness and courage in the White House, to ambition and hardship in the jungles ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by Lyons Press
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Carl Rollyson
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've begun reading this fascinating book. I was hooked during a conversation with the author. I'm always interested in books that deal with biographers and their subjects, and this treatment of the duo does not disappoint. I plan to make this book a subject of a future column of mine, Biographology, on bibliobuffet.com

I finished reading the book, and my reaction afterwards was a bit of a surprise. I did not expect to learn anything new about Roosevelt, which was okay, because my main interest wa
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Ralph
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Teddy Roosevelt has always been my favorite president, and this examination of TR through his friendship with the editor and journalist Joseph Bishop, written by the great-grand nephew of Bishop, only reinforces my appreciation of Roosevelt as one of the Three best presidents. The book captures the lives of two different yet similar men whose interests in good government and social reform brought them together and made them friends for life, and beyond. This excellent double biography is marred ...more
Mike
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well written piece by the subject J.B. Bishop's great grand-nephew. Offers insight into the turn-of-the-century print publishing, TR's understanding of the PR game, and the massive effort that was the building of the Panama Canal. References likely sources such as McCullough's The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 and Edmund Morris's Theodore Roosevelt Trilogy Bundle: The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Rex, and Colonel Roosevelt, but also includes some en ...more
Ric White
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good alternative look at the life of Teddy Roosevelt. By exploring a friendship that seems odd by many standards, we get to see a side of Roosevelt not normally viewed. The story does bog down a little with the Panama Canal, but as that was a large chunk of Bishop's life, it makes some sense. I will probably go on to read better biographies of Roosevelt, but this is a good one for those who can't get enough of Teddy.
Krystal
Bishop's take on the relationship between Theodore Roosevelt and Joseph Bucklin Bishop was an interesting way to approach writing a biography of Roosevelt for the most part though, he covers familiar territory for anyone who has read a Roosevelt biography before.
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