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- Verlag: Random House Audio; Auflage: Unabridged (23. November 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 030775040X
- ISBN-13: 978-0307750402
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,7 x 5,6 x 15 cm
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Praise for Colonel Roosevelt
"Now with Colonel Roosevelt, the magnum opus is complete. And it deserves to stand as the definitive study of its restless, mutable, ever-boyish, erudite and tirelessly energetic subject. Mr. Morris has addressed the toughest and most frustrating part of Roosevelt’s life with the same care and precision that he brought to the two earlier installments. And if this story of a lifetime is his own life’s work, he has reason to be immensely proud." –Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Exemplary… Consistently rich and on point, with rapidly developing events providing a backdrop for the balanced examination [Morris] presents of his subject…The TR trilogy is masterful, and can rightfully take its place among the truly outstanding biographies of the American presidency." –LA Times
"Reading Edmund Morris on Teddy Roosevelt is like listening to Yo-Yo Ma play Bach: You know from the first note you’re in inspired hands. In Colonel Roosevelt—the final installment in a trilogy that began with The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt and Theodore Rex—Morris registers the Bull Moose’s last decade in handsome, sweeping prose that avoids the valedictory chord struck by biographers who, nearing the end of their prodigious labors, resort to swooning across the chapters, unwilling to let go of their muse." – The Washingtonian
"Colonel Roosevelt, the third part of his three-volume biography of Roosevelt, is a worthy and extremely engaging culmination of Mr. Morris' work. It is popular history at its best." –Claude R. Marx, The Washington Times
Praise for the classic biographies by Edmond Morris
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
“One of those rare works that is both definitive for the period it covers and fascinating to read for sheer entertainment.”—The New York Times Book Review
“A towering biography.”—Time
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography
“A masterpiece . . . A great president has finally found a great biographer.”—The Washington Post
“As a literary work on Theodore Roosevelt, it is unlikely ever to be surpassed. It is one of the great histories of the American presidency, worthy of being on a shelf alongside Henry Adams’s volumes on Jefferson and Madison.”—Times Literary Supplement
“Magnificent . . . a compulsively readable, beautifully measured and paced account.”—Chicago Tribune
From the Hardcover edition.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
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.
From the Hardcover edition.
Having retired from the pinnacle of power and popularity when he could have had a third and we will never know how many terms, TR was relegated to the role of a critic, not that of an actor, certainly a frustrating circumstance for him.
After leaving the White House in 1909, Roosevelt and his son, Kermit, launched the largest safari known to Equatorial Africa, a scientific expedition to gather specimens for Smithsonian Institution and for the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Upon returning to civilization he was met by disgruntled Progressives calling for his return to the political arena to restore the promise of the past. His return home through Europe was a triumphant tour reminiscent of that of General Grant almost forty years before.
He returned to an America that had, in the view of himself and his supporters, deviated from the course that he had set for it. Gradually becoming more vocal, he enunciated the Progressive Platform at Osawatomie, Kansas in August 1910. Heeding the pleas of his supporters, the Colonel entered the 1912 presidential race because "We stand at Armageddon, and we battle for the Lord." After being denied the Republican nomination by party bosses, Roosevelt took on the leadership of the Bull Moose Party, guiding it to a respectable, though disappointing, second place finish.
After this defeat, the Colonel joined Kermit in a recklessly dangerous exploration of the Brazilian River of Doubt, later renamed the Rio Roosevelt. During this "last chance to be a boy" TR almost died from disease and, but for the forbearance of Indians who followed the expedition, could have ended up being a meal for cannibals.
Upon his return to New York, Colonel Roosevelt again entered the arena, this time as a critic of the Wilson administration, particularly its foreign policy concerning the war that was then consuming Europe. Despite his increasing disgust with Wilson, he declined to consider a run in 1916. Sickened from malaria, blind in one eye from a boxing accident while in the White House, the Colonel begged to be allowed to rejoin the army for World War I, only to be rejected by President Wilson. TR was only able to participate in this war vicariously through his sons who all served and were wounded, Quentin fatally. From then on health and frustration led to a declining life until, while still planning a return to the White House in 1920, the Old Lion died in his sleep in 1919.
The story is bigger than life, a real world tragedy of a great heart who strove mightily but was not allowed to fulfill his destiny, a twentieth Century Leer who voluntarily gave up power only to see his world crumble while he is helpless to stop it.
The writing is a fair fit for the story. Edmund Morris' ability to tell a tale is a match for any author. I have now completed the trilogy and have enjoyed every moment, every word of it. TR would not have missed such an adventure and neither should you.
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Bottom line - the time left to him (1908-19) was not spent laying around and writings his memoirs. Not this guy! While I shall not bore with the long list of stuff that he did to keep busy. Let us say that most real men would be extremely happy to have done half the stuff in their entire life. Which T.R. did in those few years left to him. He really was a steamroller in Trousers. I myself would like to have what one man said about his death. "Roosevelt must of been asleep when he died. Or there would of been a fight."
As it turns out, the final decade of Theodore Roosevelt's life was an amazing epoch in his life. Morris does a fantastic job of describing this final period, in exquisite yet entertaining detail. The two most engaging tales from this period are no doubt the Colonel's expeditions to Africa and South America. These chapters will keep you on the edge of your seat amazed at the adventures of a former President of the United States. His section on his travels to Europe in 1910, meeting with an array of leaders and monarchs who would play out so many dramas in the coming years, was also quite interesting. I also found the description of the Roosevelt sons in their various war efforts to be engaging. Finally, the lead up to and aftermath of Roosevelt's death was quite heart wrenching and compelling. It brought the whole trilogy to a nice finale. Highly recommended!
The work starts off after TR has left the White House to become "citizen Roosevelt." We see him leaving for an African tour, replete with many animal trophies from his hunting prowess. He made a tour of Europe, in which he was hailed by national leaders of all stripes--from monarchs to democratically elected officials. The visits from one country to another were a great event in the Old World, with TR being lionized. Some of his speeches ruffled feathers, as he was not always diplomatic. But that seemed itself to energize responses to him. One chapter, indeed, is entitled "The Most Famous Man in the World."
Upon his return to the United States, we learn of the slow dissolution of his relationship with then President William Howard Taft. The two were simply very different people, with distinct temperaments, energy levels, and policy views. What was a rift became a chasm, and the book tells the story well of how Roosevelt and Taft went from somewhat friendly to political enemies, culminating in TR's quixotic bid to win the Republican nomination in 1912. Roosevelt felt that Taft had betrayed key principles of progressivism and sought to wrest party control away from Taft and his allies. The political turbulence described in the book also includes Roosevelt's effort to reform the New York state Republican policy; he ended up bruised and defeated. The point? Roosevelt had a hard time getting politics out of his blood.
After his failure to win the Republican nomination, of course, he rapidly (and it appears nearly miraculous that he did it with the help of key supporters) created a "third party" and ran as what came to be called the "Bull Moose party." He understood that he was unlikely to win, but felt that the effort was necessary for the political system. The end result? Woodrow Wilson became the first Democratic president since Grover Cleveland's second term.
The book continues with the post-election life of Roosevelt. He was proud that his sons joined the military in World War I, and experienced tragedy as a result. Then, the book concludes with his precipitous physical decline, stunning for one so physical and his death at sixty--the age at which he had predicted his own death so many years before.
Morris, as a biographer, can be idiosyncratic. He is capable of being very judgmental (note his negativity toward Taft). However, this work is extremely well done and concludes most successfully his mammoth biographical project.
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