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- DescriptionSelected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nfiction books of all time Thirty years ago, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. A collector s item in its original edition, it has never been out of print as a paperback. This classic book is w reissued in hardcover, along with Theodore Rex, to coincide with the publication of Colonel Roosevelt, the third and concluding volume of Edmund Morris s definitive trilogy on the life of the twenty-sixth President. Although Theodore Rex fully recounts TR s years in the White House (1901 1909), The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt begins with a brilliant Prologue describing the President at the apex of his international prestige. That was on New Year s Day, 1907, when TR, who had just won the Nobel Peace Prize, threw open the doors of the White House to the American people and shook 8,150 hands, more than any man before him. Morris re-creates the reception with such authentic detail that the reader gets almost as vivid an impression of TR as those who attended. One visitor remarked afterward, You go to the White House, you shake hands with Roosevelt and hear him talk and then you go home to wring the personality out of your clothes. The rest of this book tells the story of TR s irresistible rise to power. (He himself compared his trajectory to that of a rocket.) It is, in effect, the biography of seven men a naturalist, a writer, a lover, a hunter, a ranchman, a soldier, and a politician who merged at age forty-two to become the youngest President in our history. Rarely has any public figure exercised such a charismatic hold on the popular imagination. Edith Wharton likened TR s vitality to radium. H. G. Wells said that he was a very symbol of the creative will in man. Walter Lippmann characterized him simply as our only lovable chief executive. During the years 1858 1901, Theodore Roosevelt, the son of a wealthy Yankee father and a plantation-bred southern belle, transformed himself from a frail, asthmatic boy into a full-blooded man. Fresh out of Harvard, he simultaneously published a distinguished work of naval history and became the fist-swinging leader of a Republican insurgency in the New York State Assembly. He had a youthful romance as lyrical and tragic as any in Victorian fiction. He chased thieves across the Badlands of North Dakota with a copy of Anna Karenina in one hand and a Winchester rifle in the other. Married to his childhood sweetheart in 1886, he became the country squire of Sagamore Hill on Long Island, a flamboyant civil service reformer in Washington, D.C., and a night-stalking police commissioner in New York City. As assistant secretary of the navy under President McKinley, he almost single-handedly brought about the Spanish-American War. After leading Roosevelt s Rough Riders in the famous charge up San Juan Hill, Cuba, he returned home a military hero, and was rewarded with the goverrship of New York. In what he called his spare hours he fathered six children and wrote fourteen books. By 1901, the man Senator Mark Hanna called that damned cowboy was vice president of the United States. Seven months later, an assassin s bullet gave TR the national leadership he had always craved. His is a story so prodigal in its variety, so surprising in its turns of fate, that previous biographers have treated it as a series of haphazard episodes. This book, the only full study of TR s pre-presidential years, shows that he was an inevitable chief executive, and recognized as such in his early teens. His apparently random adventures were precipitated and linked by various aspects of his character, t least an overwhelming will. It was as if he were subconsciously aware that he was a man of many selves, the author writes, and set about developing each one in turn, kwing that one day he would be President of all the people.
- Author BiographyEdmund Morris was born in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1940. He was schooled there, and studied music, history, and literature at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. After leaving Africa at the age of twenty-four, he worked for six years as an advertising copywriter in London and New York. He became a full-time writer in 1972. His first book, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, began life as a screenplay. It was published in 1979 and won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. In 1985, Morris was appointed the official biographer of President Ronald Reagan. The resultant work, Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan (1999), was and remains controversial because of its revolutionary narrative technique. Theodore Rex (2001), the second volume of Morris s Roosevelt trilogy, won the Los Angeles Times Book Award for biography. Before completing his trilogy with Colonel Roosevelt, Morris published a short life of Beethoven. He lives in New York and Kent, Connecticut, with his wife and fellow biographer, Sylvia Jukes Morris.
- Author(s)Edmund Morris
- PublisherRandom House USA Inc
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRandom House Inc
- Content Noteblack & white halftones, frontispiece
- Weight1324 g
- Width169 mm
- Height240 mm
- Spine48 mm
- Format DetailsSewn,Paper over boards,With dust jacket
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