Theodore Roosevelt is one of the most fascinating and written-about presidents in American historyyet the most poignant tale about this larger-than-life man has never been told.
More than a century has passed since Theodore Roosevelt was in the White House, but he still continues to fascinate. Never has a more exuberant man been our nation's leader. He became a war hero, reformed the NYPD, busted the largest railroad and oil trusts, passed the Pure Food and Drug Act, created national parks and forests, won the Nobel Peace Prize, and built the Panama Canalto name just a few.
Yet it was the cause he championed the hardestAmerica's entry in to WWIthat would ultimately divide and destroy him. His youngest son, Quentin, his favorite, would die in an air fight. How does looking at Theodore's relationship with his son, and understanding him as a father, tell us something new about this larger-than-life-man? Does it reveal a more human side? A more hypocritical side? Or simply, if tragically, a nature so surprisingly sensitive, despite the bluster, that he would die of a broken heart?
Roosevelt's own history of boyhood illnesses made him so aware of was like to be a child in pain, that he could not bear the thought of his own children suffering. The Roosevelts were a family of pillow-fights, pranks, and "scary bear." And it was the baby, Quentinthe frailestwho worried his father the most. Yet in the end, it was he who would display, in his brief life, the most intellect and courage of all.
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About the Author
Eric Burns is a former correspondent for NBC News and the TODAY Show. For ten years he was the host of the top-rated “Fox News Watch,” and he has won an Emmy for media criticism. He is the author of The Golden Lad: The Haunting Story of Quentin and Theodore Roosevelt,1920: The Year that Made the Decade Roar, a Kirkus "Best Book of the Year,"Infamous Scribblers,The Spirits of America, andThe Smoke of the Gods, and the latter two were named “Best of the Best” by the American Library Association. Eric lives in Westport, Connecticut.
Table of Contents
Preface: The Grand Dream of a Little Boy xv
1 The Beginning of the Story 1
2 The Heart of the Story 11
3 The Soul of the Story 127
4 The End of the Study 155
Epilogue: The Lion Departs 171
About the Author 201
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Author Eric Burns has written a poignant biography intertwining two family members: President Theodore Roosevelt and his son Quentin. Both family members were close and thanks to Burns thoughtful writing we can see how father and son influenced one another. Throughout Burns book you will learn much about the Roosevelt family and about an era when polite society, faith and a sense of adventure were still welcome. Burns book may help the reader realize how much America has changed since Roosevelt's time. Recommend. Review written after downloading a galley from Edelweiss.