Theodore Roosevelt by Betsy Harvey Kraft
Champion of the American Spirit

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People often associate Theodore Roosevelt with the Rough Riders, the volunteer cavalry regiment that he led to vic-tory in 1898 in the Spanish-American War. But the list of accomplishments of the 26th president of the United States is long: besides holding office as vice president, governor of New York State, and police commissioner of New York City, he was a writer, cowboy, historian, conservationist, and soldier. Above all, he ushered the United States into the ranks of the world’s great powers. His incredible exuberance and strength continue to inspire, and his progressive views on government and corporate corruption, labor laws, and feminism are still relevant today.

Award-winning author Betsy Harvey Kraft has written a sweeping biography that draws from diverse sources, including Theodore Roosevelt’s journals, correspondence, and autobiography, as well as the memoirs of family and friends and newspaper reports of the time. This excellent book also features archival photographs, political cartoons, and drawings by Roosevelt himself. Endnotes, bibliography, index.
 

About Betsy Harvey Kraft

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Betsy Harvey Kraft is a former editor of children's books and the author of several nonfiction books for young readers, including Mother Jones: One Woman's Fight for Labor. She lives in Washington, D.C.
 
Published June 23, 2003 by Clarion Books. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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The institutional design does little to enliven the subject, several issues lack sufficient context (e.g., Roosevelt's role in a military controversy in Brownsville, Tex., that alienated black Americans) and some episodes seem superficially dismissed (e.g., during a grueling post-presidential exp...

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