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Esteemed Harvard University historian and Associate Fellow Kathleen Dalton has been studying Theodore Roosevelt since 1975. This authoritative work, incorporating the latest scholarship, paints a compelling portrait of the president in all his robust glory. Transforming from his early days as a sickly and fearful boy to his adulthood as an adventurous and perpetually active man, Roosevelt sought to engage life at its utmost. As president, he was popular and renowned as a man of the people; the fascinating story of the progression of his political outlook is charted in this rewarding book.
©2002 Kathleen Dalton; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC
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"Dalton admirably captured the vitality, insatiable curiosity, and passion that made Roosevelt such a compelling figure, both for his contemporaries and for historians." (Booklist)
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By Uri on 11-09-06

Informative, entertaining and well read

I was hesitant of getting such a long audiobook.

With the exception of the first 3 or so hours, which discusses TR's childhood with unnecessary detail, the book is extraordinary. Covering his personal and professional life, his internal contradiction, and his bigger than life persona.

I am amazed that after 20+ hours I do not dread listening to the reader, she is very good.

If you are interested in learning about arguably the most interesting president of the USA, I would think this book is as good as any and it is very pleasently read.

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By Tim E. Higgins on 06-29-09

Beating Teddy with his Big Stick

This psychological biography is so fraught with unsubstantiated speculation and mischaracterization that I had to give up before the end of his second presidential term. The author consistently analyzes Roosevelt's actions and intentions without regard to their historical context.

I am no Roosevelt scholar, but I have read several other biographies and Dalton is so transparent in her determination to judge TR by current standards rather than by those of his own time that it renders her commentary incredible.

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