So dense, it felt like it took forever, but a great read. Having previously ready both of Edmund Morris books on Roosevelt I still found this books very intriguing It was interesting to read a biography about someone many would consider the ultimate man s man written by a woman Perhaps not surprisingly, Dalton chose to portray his entire life through the lens of gender Normally I would have been completely turned off by that approach and dismissed her as a feminist self projecting the weight she places on her own gender role onto the rest of the world While i don t deny the pressures of gender socialization I reject the notion that they are our primary motivations, but rather a piece of the puzzle given different weight by different individuals But instead Dalton astonished me with her remarkable in Inherited A Sense Of Entitlement And Obligation From His Family, Yet Eventually Came To See His Own Class As Suspect He Was Famously Militaristic, Yet Brokered Peace Between Russia And Japan He Started Out An Archconservative, Yet Came To Champion Progressive Causes These Contradictions Are Not Evidence Of Vacillating Weakness Instead, They Were The Product Of A Restless Mind Bend On A Continuous Quest For Self Improvement In Theodore Roosevelt, Historian Kathleen Dalton Trailer ë Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life PDF by æ Kathleen Dalton Reveals A Man With A Personal And Intellectual Depth Rarely Seen In Our Public Figures She Shows How Roosevelt S Struggle To Overcome His Frailties As A Child Helped To Build His Character, And Offers New Insights Into His Family Life, Uncovering The Important Role That Roosevelt S Second Wife, Edith Carow, Played In The Development Of His Political Career She Also Shows How TR Flirted With Progressive Reform And Then Finally Commited Himself To Deep Reform In The Bull Moose Campaign OfIncorporating The Latest Scholarship Into A Vigorous Narrative, Dalton Reinterprets Both The Man And His Times To Create An Illuminating Portrait That Will Change The Way We See This Great Man And The Progressive Era Theodore Roosevelt is one of those American presidents who will forever be written about as generations will reinterpret him once again And because he s such a colorful character that peoplelove writing and reading about him. This is not any kind of hagiography at all Roosevelt had some dangerous tendencies that some wouldand do consider downright fascistic He was also a progressive, slowly at times, but coming out onthe side of change and reform He was from the upper classes, but had it imbued in him by hisbeloved father that his wealth carried with him a responsibility to lead Personal tragedy robbed himof his parents and wife early on, his wife and mother dying within 24 hours of each other of typhoidleaving a baby daughter After Alice Hathaway Lee died, TR married Edith Kermit T. R and Lincoln are by far the most interesting Presidents I have read about so far. TR can be easily dismissed by modern sensibilities Many of his beliefs have not withstood the test of time It is notable that many, perhaps most, of those beliefs were commonly held prejudice of the time The author does a good job of putting those beliefs in to context What is most notable was TR s ability to be swayed by what he saw and what he learned The TR on his deathbed was not the brash young man nor the sickly child You can see some of the influence of the Bull Moose on another Roosevelt, FDR I appreciate that with the lapse of time, this author has the ability, perhaps, to see TRobjectively than those writing to defend him or to damn him in the years following his death As an aside, knowingabout TR makes Arsenic and Old Lace evenBull Ö Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life ☆ A great and strenuous read into the life of American president Theodore Roosevelt Although arduous in length 500 pages and 250 additional in notes , it was an easy read that gives in sight into the life, family, personality, and views of a man who faced challenges by self improvement of the body, mind and soul.
Good but short I hope by the time my course is run the mine is a Strenuous life Thorough book about a very interesting subject TR was very much a self starting person who refused to quit at anything politics, travel, his own health, the direction of his family He is admirable in many ways, but I was surprised at how bigoted and misogynistic he could be only partly a product of the time period He believed Africans and Native Americans were savages and the US was better off without them He also believed women belonged in the house and were immoral and unpatriotic if they didn t have as many children as possible I guess all heroes have feet of clay, right Strenuous is an apt descriptor for Theodore Roosevelt and was a constant choice by him for his approach to life The influence of early life experiences, particularly his asthma, and of his immediate family relationships, on all of his later life is shown along with his growth and change in emotional, social, political and spiritual areas of his life I learned much about his major achievements as well as details about specific political machinations to accomplish them I found this book fascinating.
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