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Theodore Roosevelt was our most published president with an incredible output of writing including forty books, more than one thousand articles, and countless speeches and letters. Collected here in one volume are examples of Roosevelt’s voluminous writings covering a dazzling array of topics.
“Roosevelt was not only astonishingly prolific, he was thoughtful, thorough and incredibly eloquent. For this book, Gordon Hutner has carefully chosen not just Roosevelt’s best known work, but his most powerful and stirring writings. It is a striking glimpse into an extraordinary mind, and an absolutely fascinating, endlessly entertaining read.” —Candice Millard, author of The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey
“Drawing on his expertise in the politics and culture of the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era and his legendary editorial skills, Gordon Hutner has managed to capture the complexity, creativity, contrariness and combativeness of Theodore Roosevelt, one of our nation’s most important politicians and men of letters.” —Glenn Altschuler, Cornell University
“This collection captures the intellectually omnivorous Roosevelt’s always readable major public writings, making them available to students and the general public.” —Thomas Bender, New York University
“In addition to TR’s varied interests, Hutner primes readers with insightful introductions to Roosevelt’s prose style, which was as muscular and direct as was his advocacy of, as one of his best-known speeches is titled, ‘The Strenuous Life.’ Contemptuous of ‘a life of slothful ease,’ Roosevelt made his personal energy and indomitability infuse much of his writing, which is why it remains historically fascinating a century after his presidency. . . . A judicious anthology well suited to the TR shelf.” —Booklist
“They don’t make them like TR anymore. This is just as well; one was plenty. But such a one he was! Even today he leaps off the page, grabs the reader by the shoulders and makes him want to mount a horse, climb a peak, or battle the enemies of the public weal. Bully indeed!” —H. W. Brands, author of The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace
“An eclectic collection from the highly literate and scholarly president of the United States. Editor Hutner had a difficult task: selecting representative samples from among the mountains of Roosevelt’s publications. Some selections are unsurprising . . . but there are also some welcome surprises. . . . Intriguing pieces, unobtrusively and skillfully edited, that form both a time and a timeless capsule.” —Kirkus Review
“See Theodore Roosevelt afresh by reading this fascinating collection of newly uncovered essays combined with his historic political and literary preachments. TR defends the reason why nationalism stands behind his brand of conservation of nature and his defense of the welfare state, and he breathes literary fire against the Fourteen Points as well as political reactionaries. A bully read!” —Kathleen Dalton, author of Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life