Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris

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Theodore Rex is the story—never fully told before—of Theodore Roosevelt’s two world-changing terms as President of the United States. A hundred years before the catastrophe of September 11, 2001, “TR” succeeded to power in the aftermath of an act of terrorism. Youngest of all our chief executives, he rallied a stricken nation with his superhuman energy, charm, and political skills. He proceeded to combat the problems of race and labor relations and trust control while making the Panama Canal possible and winning the Nobel Peace Prize. But his most historic achievement remains his creation of a national conservation policy, and his monument millions of acres of protected parks and forest. Theodore Rex ends with TR leaving office, still only fifty years old, his future reputation secure as one of our greatest presidents.

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About Edmund Morris

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Edmund Morris was born and educated in Kenya and went to college in South Africa. He worked as an advertising copywriter in London before immigrating to the United States in 1968. His first book, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1980. Its sequel, Theodore Rex, won the Los Angeles Times Award for Biography in 2002. In between these two books, Morris became President Reagan's authorized biographer, and published the national bestseller Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan. More recently he has written Beethoven: The Universal Composer. Edmund Morris lives in New York City and Kent, Connecticut, with his wife and fellow biographer, Sylvia Jukes Morris.
Published November 24, 2010 by Random House. 792 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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In a sequel to the Pulitzer-winning biography of Teddy Roosevelt's earlier years (The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, 1979), Morris celebrates his tenure in the Oval Office, lauding him as the most popular and energetic chief executive of the early modern era.

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Morris quotes the famous judgment of the British diplomat Cecil Spring Rice: ''You must always remember that the president is about 6.'' Equally telling is the 1904 birthday greeting to Roosevelt from Secretary of War Elihu Root: ''You have made a very good start in life and your friends have gre...

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Morris brings Roosevelt vibrantly to life, but perhaps the best description is the one he cites from H G Wells, who visited the president in 1906 and caught a flavour of the man, his country and his age: "He is the seeking mind of America displayed...He seems to be echoing with all the thought of...

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Ostensibly, the book is a mere recording of the 8 years (well, 7.5) that Roosevelt spent as president.

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Tampa Bay Times

Colonel Roosevelt By Edmund Morris Random House, 766 pages, $35 Review: In 'Colonel Roosevelt,' Edmund Morris details Theodore Roosevelt's adventurous post-presidency 12/25/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 1:43pm]

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St. Louis Today

Morris may credit Roosevelt with more influence.

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Edmund Morris has spent nearly half his life and the majority of his career devoted to Theodore Roosevelt, beginning with the Pulitzer Prize-winning first installment of a trilogy devoted to the former president, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (1979), continuing with Theodore Rex (2001), a chroni...

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