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Theodore Roosevelt's History of the United States by Daniel Ruddy
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May 28, 2010

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A very interesting premise for a book. By pouring over all of TR's writings, the author has arranged many of the president's thoughts on the historical figures and events of America's first 120 years. While it is fascinating to read TR's opinions in his own words, TR was not writing a history book. The chapters often feel very jumpy. The passages presented were most often not meant to be educational, and therefore contain very little context or information about a situation. TR simply assumed that the intended audience would know most of the facts about a subject. 100 years later, it can be very hard to understand exactly what or who he is talking about without a very good knowledge of the 19th century. Overall, I would certainly recommend this book to somebody interested in TR, but do not expect to learn a great deal about American history. In the end, you walk away with some very entertaining opinions but very not very much information.

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