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Theodore Roosevelt; an Intimate Biography   By: (1859-1923)

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Theodore Roosevelt: An Intimate Biography by William Roscoe Thayer delves deep into the life and times of one of America's most influential presidents. Thayer's meticulous research paints a vivid picture of Theodore Roosevelt, from his early days to his rise to power and beyond.

What sets this biography apart is Thayer's ability to capture the essence of Roosevelt's personality. He presents Roosevelt not just as a politician, but as a complex and multi-faceted individual. Thayer explores his childhood struggles with health issues, his intellectual pursuits, and his passion for the natural world. Through Thayer's vivid descriptions, readers are able to glimpse the fire and determination that fueled Roosevelt's achievements.

The book provides a comprehensive overview of the key events and milestones in Roosevelt's life and presidency. Thayer skillfully navigates through his political career, shedding light on his progressive policies, trust-busting efforts, and his commitment to conservation. The author leaves no stone unturned, meticulously exploring both Roosevelt's triumphs and his failures, providing readers with a well-rounded understanding of this remarkable man.

Thayer also delves into Roosevelt's personal life, offering insights into his relationships with family, friends, and colleagues. The examination of his marriage to Edith Kermit Carow and the impact it had on both their personal and public lives is particularly fascinating. Thayer's exploration of Roosevelt's friendships and rivalries, including his complicated relationship with fellow Republican William Howard Taft, adds another layer of depth to the narrative.

One of the book's greatest strengths is its ability to transport readers to the historical period in which Roosevelt lived. Thayer skillfully weaves the societal and political context into the narrative, allowing readers to fully comprehend how the nation and the world were shaped by Roosevelt's actions. He brings to life the turbulent era of the Progressive Movement, highlighting the challenges and opportunities that arose during Roosevelt's presidency.

Thayer's prose is engaging and easy to follow, making the biography accessible to both history enthusiasts and those new to the subject. While the book covers an extensive amount of material, it never feels overwhelming, thanks to Thayer's clear organization and well-paced storytelling.

Overall, Theodore Roosevelt: An Intimate Biography is a captivating account of one of America's most fascinating presidents. Thayer's meticulous research, deep insights, and engaging writing style make this biography a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the man behind the iconic figure. Whether you are a history aficionado or simply curious about the life and legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, this book is an excellent choice.

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In finishing the correction of the last proofs of this sketch, I perceive that some of those who read it may suppose that I planned to write a deliberate eulogy of Theodore Roosevelt. This is not true. I knew him for forty years, but I never followed his political leadership. Our political differences, however, never lessened our personal friendship. Sometimes long intervals elapsed between our meetings, but when we met it was always with the same intimacy, and when we wrote it was with the same candor. I count it fortunate for me that during the last ten years of his life, I was thrown more with Roosevelt than during all the earlier period; and so I was able to observe him, to know his motives, and to study his character during the chief crises of his later career, when what he thought and did became an integral part of the development of the United States.

After the outbreak of the World War, in 1914, he and I thought alike, and if I mistake not, this closing phase of his life will come more and more to be revered by his countrymen as an example of the highest patriotism and courage. Regardless of popular lukewarmness at the start, and of persistent official thwarting throughout, he roused the conscience of the nation to a sense of its duty and of its honor... Continue reading book >>

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