Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life

Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life He 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 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 Of Incorporating 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

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  • Hardcover
  • 708 pages
  • Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life
  • Kathleen Dalton
  • English
  • 08 January 2018
  • 9780679446637

10 thoughts on “Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life

  1. says:

    of the most recent comprehensive, single volume biographies of TR is Kathleen Dalton s 2002 Theodore Roosevelt A Strenuous Life Dalton is a history instructor at Phillips Academy at Andover and focuses on the Gilded Age and Progressive Era She is currently working on The White Lilies and the Iron Boot about Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt.Unlike most TR biographies, Dalton s book neither embraces the notion of Roosevelt as a larger than life hero nor endlessly castigates him for his many faults And in the book s Introduction Dalton makes it clear she intends to avoid placing her subject on the pedestal built up by earlier historians with the assistance of Roosevelt s autobiographical exaggerations in an effort to find the real TR But in the process of eschewing the trend toward hero worship, Dalton leaves nearly every dramatic, colorful story of Roosevelt on the cutting room floor TR s life, of course, was one of extremes And without these anecdotes her biography ultimately proves bland and unsatisfying particularly surprising given how exuberant and spirited her subject was.Dalton also fails to exhibit a flair for storytelling Her biographical approach involves seemingly exhaustive research combined with an austere writing style Historians may appreciate the lack of gratuitous drama but most fans of presidential biographies will miss the imagery which places them in the thick of the action In addition, many significant scene and character establishing details are missing or rushed past.TR s failed attempt to become speaker of the New York State Assembly an early setback which taught him much about politics is barely mentioned, almost no introduction is provided to America s military conflict with Spain in 1898 and the Rough Rider s life defining if foolish actions at San Juan and Kettle hills are almost entirely ignored In addition, Roosevelt s complex attitude toward the vice presidency and the political drama surrounding his selection as McKinley s running mate are almost entirely unexamined.Individually, any of these events can be overlooked without losing full sight of Roosevelt But so many are missing or rushed past that the resulting portrait of Roosevelt is undeservedly gray and lifeless Ironically, despite Dalton s efficiency in coverage TR s life the book still weighs in at 524 pages by the end, one wonders what could have consumed that much space A Strenuous Life does have much to offer, however Dalton does an admirable job examining TR s family relationships during his childhood, she provides a fascinating character analysis of his oldest daughter and her review of Roosevelt s post presidential journey along the River of Doubt is engrossing But of particular merit is a unique chapter Saving Our Own National Soul analyzing Roosevelt s ethical and moral vision for the country.Overall, Kathleen Dalton s Theodore Roosevelt A Strenuous Life provides an occasionally interesting and often incredibly balanced perspective of our twenty sixth president But while the text is infused with observations of Roosevelt I have not seen elsewhere, far too much is left out of the discussion And in an effort to reveal the real TR rather than the caricature, this biography fully reveals neither.Overall rating 3 stars

  2. says:

    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

  3. says:

    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.

  4. says:

    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 Carow a childhoodfriend with whom he had six kids TR took great pride in the fact that the Republican Party was the party that preserved the union andfreed the slaves was his party and the great force for reform Democrats were the party of treasonand he felt that till the day he died Yet if you gain no access to his private correspondence, but read the many books he authored, the self assured Anglo Saxon sense of superiority comes through on every page Civilization reached its finest flower with the English speaking peoples andit was their destiny to run things Immigrants some of them were of low character Latin Americans are referred to as dagoes constantly His great achievement of his presidency thePanama Canal was achieved by backing a revolution taking part of Colombia to form the Republicof Panama But note no American troops were used.He was forever restless and he first comes to national attention during the Spanish American Warleading the regiment of volunteer cavalry TR s mastery of the media at the time was such thatthere were than one regiment in Cuba But all you ever heard of was his Rough Riders Itwas no accident that humorist Finley Peter Dunne s Mr Dooley said that TR s account of his exploits would be called Alone In Cubia It gained him the GOP nomination for Governor of NewYork and then when he proved too much for the GOP bosses in New York to handle, the Vice Presidency in 1900 And the presidency in 1901 when William McKinley was assassinated TR was the first presidentwho did not believe in using troops to settle strikes One of his first challenges in the White Housewas settling a nationwide coal strike through mediation He was the first president to make conservation a major concern He pushed for the Pure Food and Drug Act for fair railroad rates when that was the mode of transportation for the nation s goods And for a man who was as militaristic as he was Roosevelt wins a Nobel Peace Prize for mediatinga peace conference to end the Russo Japanese War He was bellicose before and after his presidency, but quite responsible during it.After he left the White House he was disappointed in his handpicked successor William Howard Taftand felt his Republican Party was returning to maintaining laissez faire capitalism above all Ithad no sense of noblesse oblige to the lower classes He ran and split the GOP vote with Taft andelected Woodrow Wilson who on domestic issues shared some of TR s views.In many ways I think and so does the author that his ex presidency 1909 1919 was his darkest period Military intervention that he never did while in the White House he was all for with Wilsonthere Wilson was a hated Democrat of the party of treason and rebellion He wanted interventionyesterday in World War 1 When it came he was for all kinds of censorship of dissent and hatedWilson s League of Nations.He also did a truly stupid thing He went to Africa on safari immediately after leaving the White House and got reams of publicity for months from press dispatches Coming through that OK during the Wilson presidency he led an expedition into some unexplored country in Braziland came out of it with ruined health Something that no weight challenged middle aged man should have done.Still he had hopes of being the GOP candidate of 1920 so his sudden death left a vacuum in the reform elements of his party A second TR presidency instead of the standpat presidency of WarrenHarding, etc who knows.There are as many interpretations of Theodore Roosevelt as there are books about him This one ismost satisfactory.

  5. says:

    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 insight into the male psyche Rather than dismissive i was impressed and able to relate to emotions that she projected onto TR which stem from male expectation While I still believe there was to the picture than this book puts forward, and i would still recommend Morris books before this one, this is great supplemental reading yes it s 800 pages to get an alternate understanding that comes from a less idolized perspective.

  6. says:

    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 TR objectively than those writing to defend him or to damn him in the years following his death As an aside, knowing about TR makes Arsenic and Old Lace even Bully

  7. says:

    T.R and Lincoln are by far the most interesting Presidents I have read about so far.

  8. says:

    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.

  9. says:

    Good but short I hope by the time my course is run the mine is a Strenuous life

  10. says:

    So dense, it felt like it took forever, but a great read.

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