The Wilderness Warrior by Douglas Brinkley
Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America

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8 Critic Reviews

An appropriately vigorous and larger-than-life—but also detailed and carefully documented—biography of the visionary president...Magisterial and timely, given the manifold environmental crises facing the current administration.
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"Douglas Brinkley brings to this magnificent story of Theodore Roosevelt's crusade on behalf of America's national parks the same qualities that made TR so fascinating a figure—an astonishing range of knowledge, a superb narrative skill, a wonderfully vivid writing style and an inexhaustible energy."
—Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals

A vast, inspiring, and enormously entertaining book.”
New York Times Book Review

From New York Times bestselling historian Douglas Brinkley comes a sweeping historical narrative and eye-opening look at the pioneering environmental policies of President Theodore Roosevelt, avid bird-watcher, naturalist, and the founding father of America’s conservation movement—now approaching its 100th anniversary.

 

About Douglas Brinkley

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Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. The Chicago Tribune has dubbed him "America's new past master," and six of his books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. His recent The Wilderness Warrior won the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature and the National Outdoor Book Award. The Great Deluge, his account of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and three children.
 
Published July 15, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 964 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on May 20 2010

An appropriately vigorous and larger-than-life—but also detailed and carefully documented—biography of the visionary president...Magisterial and timely, given the manifold environmental crises facing the current administration.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Jonathan Rosen on Aug 06 2009

How a city-born child of privilege became one of the greatest forces in American conservation is the subject of Douglas Brinkley’s vast, inspiring and enormously entertaining book...

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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Jul 22 2009

...this book’s best lesson about the presidency involves the blunt means by which Roosevelt enacted his conservation policies.

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Book Reporter

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Reviewed by Robert Finn on Jan 24 2011

Brinkley has plowed the acreage of Roosevelt’s passion for the west with incredible thoroughness. His prose sometimes comes close to the kind of exuberant exclamatory hooroaring that marked Roosevelt’s own speech. While earnest to a fault, it can often get bogged down in detail...

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LA Times

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Reviewed by Christoph Irmscher on Sep 27 2009

"The Wilderness Warrior" raises some worrisome questions about the ability of social collectives to take effective action when and where it is urgently needed.

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Oregon Live

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Reviewed by Jeff Baker on Jan 16 2010

...makes a convincing case that Roosevelt's conservationist record has been obscured by his well-known eagerness to shoot and stuff large animals.

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About.com

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Reviewed by John M. Formy-Duval on Mar 22 2016

Exhaustive, exhilarating, entertaining, enlightening...For the modern reader, this is a biography to be read slowly and savored in small segments.

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Mother Nature Network

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Reviewed by JESSICA KNOBLAUCH on Nov 03 2009

With compelling storytelling, the author provides insight into why Roosevelt was so passionate, to the point of obsession, about saving America’s wild places.

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