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Theodore Roosevelt A Strenuous Life ❮Ebook❯ ➨ Theodore Roosevelt A Strenuous Life ➩ Author Kathleen Dalton – 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 start He inherited a sense of entitlement and A Strenuous PDF/EPUB ì obligation from his family yet eventually came to see his own class as suspect Theodore Roosevelt PDF or He was famously militaristic yet brokered peace between Russia and Japan He started out an archconservative yet came to champion progressive causes Roosevelt A Strenuous Epub Ù These contradictions are not evidence of vacillating weakness instead they were the product of a restless mind bend on a continuous uest 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.

  • Hardcover
  • 708 pages
  • Theodore Roosevelt A Strenuous Life
  • Kathleen Dalton
  • English
  • 10 August 2014
  • 9780679446637

10 thoughts on “Theodore Roosevelt A Strenuous Life

  1. Steve Steve 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 RooseveltUnlike 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 wasDalton 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 pastTR’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 unexaminedIndividually 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 uniue chapter Saving “Our Own National Soul” analyzing Roosevelt’s ethical and moral vision for the countryOverall 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 neitherOverall rating 3½ stars

  2. Gloria Gloria 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

  3. Heather Heather says:

    Thorough book about a very interesting subject TR was very much a self starting person who refused to uit 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?

  4. Bruce Bruce 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 himThis 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 usedHe 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 uite responsible during itAfter 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 viewsIn 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 NationsHe 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 doneStill 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 knowsThere are as many interpretations of Theodore Roosevelt as there are books about him This one ismost satisfactory

  5. Riley Haas Riley Haas says:

    At long last I have finished this mammoth exhaustive one volume biography of Theodore Roosevelt Given the depth of this one I have to wonder about the detail of multi volume biographies Anyway why would I read such a thing? Well I read this because TR is my dad's favourite president I had mixed feelings about him and this biography has not helped me get rid of those mixed feelingsSo this is an extremely detailed biography of Roosevelt The level of detail is rather incredible and it's clearly a monumental undertaking Each paragraph seemingly contains at least one fact and often many and they're all methodically sourced As scholarship it's clearly an accomplishment And if earlier biographies of Roosevelt missed parts of his life or misrepresented him in some way then I guess this very well researched book is a welcome and necessary correctionBut I am just a guy who read this because his father likes TR I am not a Roosevelt scholar nor am I a fan or someone who has read other books about him For the layperson like me it's hard to see the appeal Because though this book is obsessively documented it is also mostly just And then this happened and then this happened for over 500 pages Dalton occasionally allows herself to reflect on his legacy but only does that occasionally and it's usually within the context of how we understand TR or how TR's post presidential radicalism was influential on FDR There is very little analysis and when there is criticism it is very muted For example one day TR got romantically or sexually frustrated and shot a dog In the pre Trump 21st century this fact would have kept him from ever winning political office and yet Dalton just drops it in there as if it's just something that happened and doesn't deserve much thought When evaluating the faults of his Presidency there is a brief 2 page summary of things he could have handled much better Again this book is over 500 pages longI am left feeling I know everything there is to know about TR's day to day life but with tons of uestions about whether or not he was actually someone to be admired I guess biography in the pure sense is supposed to give you the life story and allow you the reader to make your own conclusions but I guess I'd rather read a book concerned with TR's place in history It's admirable that he is probably the most well read president in US history It's admirable that he changed his mind on many issues and became radical as he aged rather than what happens to many most? people Some of the things he did as a politician such as reforming the NYPD appear to have been very good On the other hand he was extremely impulsive uick to anger an imperialist and nationalist responsible at least in part for many deaths in the Philippines and an absolute blowhard Had I been alive during WWI I probably would have hated his guts His obsession with war got one of his children killed too I understand that among US presidents he's probably one of the better ones at least since the American empire came into existence partially under his watch but he still was a very flawed man whose words were regularly far high minded than his actionsOf course all humans are complicated and contradictory But if TR is your ideal president it's worth thinking about whether or not there should be a presidency if having one person in charge of a country especially a large one is actually sensible at all Because if perhaps the most well read and intellectually curious president in US history can be this flawed a person perhaps there is no hope for any president to be good in the moral senseI think this book is for people who've read shorter biographies of TR and want to know It is not for anyone just wanting a summary or knowledge about his place in US history

  6. Jason Jason 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

  7. David David 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

  8. Charles Charles says:

    TR and Lincoln are by far the most interesting Presidents I have read about so far

  9. Appomattox Appomattox says:

    Theodore Roosevelt A Strenuous Life by Kathleen Dalton was an interesting interpretation of Theodore Roosevelt's life It was somewhat refreshing to examine Roosevelt's life from a intimate and emotional angle rather than a purely political stance Dalton does an able job of explaining Roosevelt's strenuous life and why he chose that path from his father's urging to TR's own relentless pushing of his own sons to embrace Muscular Christianity and the strenuous life Dalton begins with TR's early life and his medical trials and tribulations explaining how his father pushed TR aggressively to cure himself of asthma through rigorous exercise Roosevelt seeking to please his father adopted a strenuous regime that he always claimed cured his asthma Despite this Dalton states that in actuality TR continued to suffer with asthma for the rest of his life It was interesting to note that TR was close to his mother and enjoyed going with her to the sanitariums she freuented while he was young Once TR grew however he distanced himself from Mittie when he realized she did not follow a strenuous enough life to overcome her ailments Concerning TR's experiences as soldier and president I though Dalton's research writing and wordcraft were fairly stale providing run of the mill descriptions of TR's time as a Rough Rider and Commander in Chief Nothing new was presented here that one could not find in a better political biography of TR But this did not bother me much because of the fact that Dalton's purpose was not to describe Roosevelt's political career but his strenuous life and we get of an interesting picture of his time in the White House as a father rather than as president However it was interesting to note that the author mentioned the fact that TR felt obligated to fight in the Spanish American War because his father hired a substitute during the Civil War bringing a sense of shame to the family name and not living up to the ideal of a truly strenuous life Therefore when Roosevelt chose to serve not only was he resurrecting his family's name from perceived shame but was additionally living a complete strenuous life For me the most interesting passages of the book concerned the ten years of TR's post presidential life from his hunting trips abroad to his love hate relationship with the American people Attempting to describe TR's post presidency is difficult but Dalton covers this final chapter in Roosevelt's life uite well During this period Roosevelt as a politician was difficult to define One could consider him either a political outcast or drifter who did not fit into any of the political norms that dominated society then In a sense the ideas of his Progressive Party were too radical for the 1910's It would take another Roosevelt to enact many of the programs that TR advocated during his final years For Roosevelt in my opinion the biggest political blunder that he made was when he announced after his substantial victory in 1904 that he would under no circumstances be a candidate for another term for president TR realized his mistake almost immediately and I believe regretted the decision for the rest of his life While he supported Taft during the 1908 election he was floored by his performance and ready to take the presidential chair again in 1912 Dalton describes this period in TR's life in incredible detail in which he takes a hard left turn politically advocating for child labor reforms women's suffrage and a host of other liberal ideals that he hoped to enact As a result of his split with the Republican Party however his candidacy was doomed to failure and Woodrow Wilson won a substantial electoral college victory defeating both TR and Taft With the election of 1912 behind him Dalton describes TR as one who continued to espouse liberal ideals but with no soapbox from which to broadcast them Finally I was impressed with Dalton's descriptions of TR's relationship with his sons As stated TR was a faithful advocate of the strenuous life and he hoped that each of his sons would follow in his foot steps However based upon Dalton's research I believe that his sons were not zealous advocates of the life he chose to lead It seemed that TR had a strained relationship with each of his sons from his relentless pushing of Ted Jr to his shaming of Archie for not being as competitive as his brothers each seemed exhausted by TR's relentless pursuit of the strenuous life but each seemed eager to appease their father Overall Dalton's biography of Roosevelt was a refreshing read that provided a intimate picture of a complex American hero and legend

  10. Jared Osborne Jared Osborne says:

    A great and strenuous read into the life of American president Theodore Roosevelt Although arduous in length 500pages 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

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