Theodore Rex

  • by Edmund Morris
  • Narrated by Harry Chase
  • 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The most eagerly awaited presidential biography in years, Theodore Rex begins by following new president Theodore Roosevelt as he takes his emergency oath of office in Buffalo, upon the assassination of President McKinley one hundred years ago. Theodore Rex, full of cinematic detail, moves with the exhilarating pace of a novel, yet it rides on a granite base of scholarship.TR's speed of thought and action, and his total command of all aspects of presidential leadership, from bureaucratic subterfuge to manipulation of the press, make him all but invincible in 1904, when he wins a second term by a historic landslide. Surprisingly, this victory transforms him from a patrician conservative to a progressive, responsible between 1905 and 1908 for a raft of enlightened legislation.Interspersed with many stories of Rooseveltian triumphs are some bitter episodes - notably a devastating lynching - that remind us of America's deep prejudices and fears. Theodore Rex does not attempt to justify TR's notorious action following the Brownsville Incident of 1906 - his worst mistake as president - but neither does this resolutely honest biography indulge in the easy wisdom of hindsight. It is written throughout in real time, reflecting the world as TR saw it. By the final chapter, as the great "Teddy" prepares to quit the White House, it will be a hard-hearted listener who does not share the sentiment of Henry Adams: "The old house will seem dull and sad when my Theodore has gone."

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What the Critics Say

"Impeccably researched and beautifully composed, a dazzling portrait of the man....A book that is every bit as complex, engaging, and invigorating as the vibrant president it depicts." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Excellent narration, definitely abridged

Went with the abridged version since the narration for the unabridged was so poorly rated across the board. Harry Chase did a remarkable job here, incredibly captivating! It definitely felt abridged as it moved along at a pretty quick pace.
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- Joshua B Winn

Embarrasingly a little over my head.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, the historical education was worth it.

Would you recommend Theodore Rex to your friends? Why or why not?

Not as much as I would recommend the Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, which had a better narrator and was more interesting since it had many segways away from politics and the technicalities of foreign policy.

What three words best describe Harry Chase’s voice?

Not as good as Mark Deakins

Was Theodore Rex worth the listening time?


Any additional comments?

To much politics, foreign policy, and social commentary for my simple taste. the Rise of Theodore Roosevelt read like an adventure novel by contrast.

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- kim c. kahler

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-14-2001
  • Publisher: Random House Audio