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This is the final volume in Morris's biographical trilogy on Theodore Roosevelt (TR), after The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt and Theodore Rex. Though he breaks no new ground, he covers the major aspects of TR's postpresidential life, including an African safari, his ill-fated third-party presidential bid, and a near-fatal Amazon expedition. Out of power, TR half understood that his fate was sealed by previous political missteps and his own mortality, as well as by his ideology. A Social Darwinist, he was driven to prove that natural selection was on his side, although this was tempered by the noblesse oblige instilled in him by his father. At his peak TR was the right man for the time, guiding an isolationist adolescent nation to world power just as he had transformed himself. Yet this final volume captures the sadness that inevitably caught up with him. Morris clearly identifies with his hero while at the same time pointing out TR's flaws as well as the limitations of those who opposed him, especially Woodrow Wilson. VERDICT Morris skillfully holds readers' attention throughout the book, which is as filled with adventure as Volume 1, even as TR's life inevitably moved downhill. In completion of the most objective and worthwhile TR biography, this is an essential purchase.-William D. Pederson, Louisiana State Univ., Shreveport (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Morris introduces readers to Theodore Roosevelt's postpresidency travels, business ventures, and never-ending political activities in this third and final volume of his magisterial biography of the 26th president (The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, CH, Sep'79; Theodore Rex, CH, Sep'02, 40-0499). Morris recounts familiar events--the African safari, European tours, TR's disillusionment with Taft's policies, the Republican Party's implosion and subsequent rapprochement, costly libel suits, the Bull Moose campaign, the interventionist crusade, TR's intense dislike of the "logothete" (Woodrow Wilson), the near-fatal Amazon adventure, and the Roosevelt family's wartime service and sacrifice--with his usual literary flair, masterful storytelling, and extensive documentation. Scholars and history buffs alike will appreciate the inclusion of well-chosen essays, letters, speeches, and other archival materials culled from a wide selection of Roosevelt's own works and those of the colonel's equally passionate detractors. Morris ultimately tells TR's story through several different lenses, including Roosevelt's and those who knew him the best--family members, friends, heads of state, scholars, politicians, and political adversaries. In the process, readers cannot help but acquire a deeper, more nuanced understanding of a great, albeit very human and flawed US leader and "world citizen.. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. J. L. Brudvig Dickinson State University
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Arthur Edmund Morris was born in Nairobi, Kenya on May 27, 1940. He studied literature, art, and music at Rhodes University in South Africa before leaving in 1961. He worked in the advertising department of a men's clothing store in South Africa and as an advertising copywriter in London before immigrating to the United States in 1968. <p> He won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1980 for The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. His other books included Theodore Rex, Beethoven: The Universal Composer, Colonel Roosevelt, and Edison. He was best known for Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan, where he inserted himself as a fictional narrator. He also wrote about travel and the arts for numerous publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Harper's Magazine. He died after a stroke on May 24, 2019 at the age of 78. <p> (Bowker Author Biography) Edmund Morris was born in Kenya and educated at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. He immigrated to the United States in 1968. In 1985 he was appointed Ronald Reagan's authorized biographer. He lives in New York and Washington, D.C., with his wife and fellow biographer, Sylvia Jukes Morris. <p> (Publisher Provided)