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A Bully Father: Theodore Roosevelt's Letters to His Children

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The Roosevelt family, with its rambunctious father and six children, invaded and occupied the White House as no other family has since. Roosevelt was a wonderful father, writing to his children, guiding them, playing with them and loving them as do only the best fathers. Long out of print, these personal letters are warm, wonderfully wise and witty--the best things Teddy R ...more
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published October 17th 1995 by Random House
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Sep 28, 2015 Carol rated it it was amazing
Teddy Roosevelt was great man-father-friend-president, etc. TR was a man who truly loved his six children immensely. Teddy encouraged them to be physically active, to learn new things in the 'wilderness," at Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay. Teddy became McKinley's running mate in the election of 1900. He campaigned vigorously across the country, helping McKinley win reelection by a landslide on a platform of peace, prosperity, and conservatism.

McKinley was the 25th President of the US, and was shot
Jul 26, 2011 Jill rated it it was amazing
Other than the caricatures in all those political cartoons, I know next to nothing about Teddy Roosevelt. It was a real eye-opener then to learn through his letters that he was a funny and ebullient man who loved his six children more than almost anything else. Very few Presidents' memoirs will cause one to laugh out loud, but Mr. Roosevelt's own hysterical descriptions of the antics of his zany brood are almost unbelievable. Ponies in the White House? Check. Presidential children on the roof? ...more
Susan Katz
Jan 21, 2009 Susan Katz rated it it was amazing
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This book shows the private Theodore Roosevelt, just as colorful and amazing as the public one and immensely touching. He himself said that his most important job was being a father, and he carried out that responsibility to the hilt even while he was president. With a young family moving into the White House, it's delightful to get to know the family who was leaving there a hundred years ago. I don't see how anyone could read this book without coming to feel affection for TR and all his clan.
Donna Jo Atwood
Apr 05, 2011 Donna Jo Atwood rated it it was amazing
Theodore Roosevelt was a fascinating man with many interests and a large family. He loved his children and was not afraid to show it. This collection of letters to the children is a glimpse of a man who, in many ways, embraced the childhood experience even as an adult. He wanted his sons and daughters to be all they could be--and perhaps just a little more. He shared life with with them and hoped they would live their lives to the fullest.
Bully was one of TR's favorite words for expressing some
Jun 08, 2014 Stephanie rated it really liked it
The poignant letters and touching drawings and artwork TR wrote to his children gives one more about the inside personality of the man than most books Ive read about him…Delightful stories of a bygone time in which letter writing was the primary means of communication when people who were long distances from each other..TR's letters are playful, encouraging and humorous as they instruct, advise and guide his children from early childhood through adolescence..
Ross Cohen
TR's prolificacy - in writing, adventures, and offspring - has been well documented. What's so encouraging about "A Bully Father" is how TR's output never distracted him from what mattered most: his family. The letters contained herein betray an attentive father, who, in his way, stayed a child. A lovely book, "A bully Father," is a humanizing angle on a legend of a man and a wake-up call to any father who believes he is too busy to make that baseball game.
Aug 02, 2015 Christina rated it really liked it
Such a great insight into the personal life and intimate principles of such an influential man.

Reading what becomes of his children is equal parts exciting and harrowing for this still young parent.
Lenora Rogers
Sep 10, 2012 Lenora Rogers rated it it was amazing
This has to be one of my favorite books. To know about a President who was also a very devoted father and husband. The letters he writes to his children shows a real human side to this man. I totally recommend this book.
Jovon Jones
Oct 09, 2014 Jovon Jones rated it liked it
I liked this book a lot. I liked reading all of the letters he wrote to his kids. They were interesting. One interesting thing that I learned was that he used to be a boxer and he went to Africa to classify the insects.
Art King
May 18, 2008 Art King rated it really liked it
Teddy shines through as a true inspiration to all fathers. I read this book, and then "played bear" with my children.
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