Tom's Reviews > Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean up Sin-loving New York

Island of Vice by Richard Zacks
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May 11, 2012

really liked it

"We are all flawed" - with that quote from the book "Of Human Bondage" I proffer a view on this story of Theodore Roosevelt. There are many books on TR, and many of these are written based on his own notes and autobiography. The tendency in many of the books is to look at his strengths, his achievements, his victories - - and frankly, there were many of these to look back on.

But T was also a flawed individual (as we all are) and in many aspects he was his own nemesis. He achieved a lot in NYC, but so much more could he have achieved especially in the line of more enduring change, if tact, diplomacy, and interpersonal skills were better.

I liked the book, although I think that the author jumped around a good deal making the flow harder to keep.

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