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Forging a President: How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosevelt

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"There are few sensations I prefer to that of galloping over these rolling limitless prairies, with rifle in hand, or winding my way among the barren, fantastic and grimly picturesque deserts of the so-called Bad Lands." —Theodore Roosevelt

He was born a city boy in Manhattan; but it wasn't until he lived as a cattle rancher and deputy sheriff in the wild country of the Dak
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2017 by Regnery History
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Diane Stevens
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another absorbing, engagingly-written historical account, this one involving our 25th U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, by William Elliott Hazelgrove --- an author I have come to count on for creatively written and well researched biographic details. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book - Forging a President: How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosevelt because it is filled with events that are retold from a reader's viewpoint - within the framework of engrossing anecdotes, verifiable quotations ...more
Charles
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very sickly, asthmatic child, many people believed that Theodore Roosevelt would never live to adulthood. Growing up in a time when there was little in the way of treatments for his respiratory ailments, his father would hitch up a buggy, drive the team as fast as possible and have young Theodore put his head into the wind so that air would be forced into his lungs.
Yet, survive to adulthood he did, only to have his wife and mother die within a few hours of each other. A semi-broken man, he
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Joseph McBee
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent book about one of my personal heroes.

Many biographies about TR treat his time in the West almost as a distraction from the story they want to tell about his life. They tend to minimize the impact it had on his character and the years that came after. Hazelgrove makes a compelling case that it was his adventures and hardships in the West that remade Roosevelt into the man and the President he would go on to be later in life.

He went to the West a heart broken ma
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Hal
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
A focus on Teddy Roosevelt's molding from a lost, grieving, hypochondrial, to the dynamo he became as our 26th President. And a remarkable transition it was. Without it he would in most certainty not have become that. William Hazelgrove paints a fairly captivating narrative of this transition and all it entailed in the forging grounds of the Dakota Badlands.

Roosevelt is shown for the man of the times in a final chapter of what wthe still the wild west. Remarkably he had what it took to survive a
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Shelly Itkin
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Hazelgrove has written a very enjoyable and interesting story about the 25th President of the United States. Theodore Roosevelt was a very sick and weak asthmatic young man who discovered he had to get strong to overcome his physical condition. After losing his mother and wife in less then twelve hours he had to move on. Not something easy to do for such a young man but he did not give up and with the collapse of his political career he moved forward.

He dreamed of becoming a cowboy and being
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Kevin Maevers
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've recently started reading again for pure pleasure, and this book was an absolute joy to read. If you're a fan of Teddy Roosevelt, or you're a fan of the old west, this book is going to both dee-light and entertain you, as well as provide some much needed historical background to one of the most exciting Presidents of this great nation.

This book only covers a few years in Teddy Roosevelt's young life, but these years were pivotal in creating the man who would eventually become President. By t
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Kaydria
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Feels a bit like a western that happens to be about Teddy Roosevelt. I really enjoyed it, but felt parts of it were extremely repetitive. It could have done without the numerous reminders that this man would one day be president of the United States.
Nose Knows
May 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Teddy was an a-hole.
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Joel Hannahs
I met this author at a bookstore and chatted books/history/writing. It didn't take much to convince me to read a new book on TR's western years and how they influenced his presidency. I enjoyed it and learned a lot I didn't know about Roosevelt's time in the west when he was young. It's an accessible 234-page work that stays focused on those lesser known and adventurous years of TR's life out west.
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Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Circumstances can change a person for the good or the bad. This is what happened to Teddy Roosevelt. After the deaths of both his wife and mothers on the same day, Teddy Roosevelt set off for the Dakota Territory even though he was a sick young man, devastated by the deaths of his loved ones. This journey is what changed this sick man into one of the world's greatest men. He spent three years there. He got there right before 1890. That is when the West was officially declared closed.
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