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Never Call Retreat : Theodore Roosevelt and the Great War

By: Thompson, J. Lee.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014Description: 1 online resource (375 p.).ISBN: 9781137306531.Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Never Call Retreat : Theodore Roosevelt and the Great WarOnline resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Never Call Retreat: Theodore Roosevelt and the Great War; Contents; Preface and Acknowledgments; Prologue: Peace Envoy, Spring 1910; Chapter 1: A Great Tragedy Impends: June to August 1914; Chapter 2: A Great Black Tornado: August to November 1914; Chapter 3: To Serve Righteousness: November 1914 to April 1915; Chapter 4: A Course of National Infamy: May to August 1915; Chapter 5: First American Citizen: September 1915 to March 1916; Chapter 6: Not in Heroic Mood: March to June 1916; Chapter 7: A Shadow Dance of Words: July to November 1916
Chapter 8: The Curse of Meroz: December 1916 to April 1917Chapter 9: A Slacker in Spite of Himself: April to July 1917; Chapter 10: Children of the Crucible: August to December 1917; Chapter 11: The People's War: January to March 1918; Chapter 12: Crowded Hours of Glorious Life: March to July 1918; Chapter 13: A Noble Life Gloriously Ended: July to August 1918; Chapter 14: Peace with Victory: August to November 1918; Epilogue: November 1918 to January 1919; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index
Summary: <p >The first modern account of Theodore Roosevelt and the First World War, this is a tale of war and politics as well as the private story of true love and family devotion: a story as multi-faceted as TR's own personality.
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Never Call Retreat: Theodore Roosevelt and the Great War; Contents; Preface and Acknowledgments; Prologue: Peace Envoy, Spring 1910; Chapter 1: A Great Tragedy Impends: June to August 1914; Chapter 2: A Great Black Tornado: August to November 1914; Chapter 3: To Serve Righteousness: November 1914 to April 1915; Chapter 4: A Course of National Infamy: May to August 1915; Chapter 5: First American Citizen: September 1915 to March 1916; Chapter 6: Not in Heroic Mood: March to June 1916; Chapter 7: A Shadow Dance of Words: July to November 1916

Chapter 8: The Curse of Meroz: December 1916 to April 1917Chapter 9: A Slacker in Spite of Himself: April to July 1917; Chapter 10: Children of the Crucible: August to December 1917; Chapter 11: The People's War: January to March 1918; Chapter 12: Crowded Hours of Glorious Life: March to July 1918; Chapter 13: A Noble Life Gloriously Ended: July to August 1918; Chapter 14: Peace with Victory: August to November 1918; Epilogue: November 1918 to January 1919; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index

<p >The first modern account of Theodore Roosevelt and the First World War, this is a tale of war and politics as well as the private story of true love and family devotion: a story as multi-faceted as TR's own personality.

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Has any former president thrown himself more frenetically into the political whirligig than Theodore Roosevelt? In this exhaustively researched study, Thompson (Lamar Univ.) provides the most textured account of Roosevelt and WW I that scholars are ever likely to get. Convinced of Germany's infamy and the essential goodness of the British and French, TR campaigned relentlessly for US preparedness and early entry into the war, emphasizing that "justice" trumped peace. Practically from the conflict's onset in 1914, he lambasted President Woodrow Wilson, who said the US was "too proud to fight." On that issue, Roosevelt campaigned fiercely but fruitlessly to make Wilson a one-term president. Once the US joined the war, Roosevelt applauded but remained critical of the administration's conduct. Appalled by what he saw as Wilson's naivete, Roosevelt championed a distinctly nationalist approach to any postwar settlement. In recounting Roosevelt's pugnacity, including his relentless but thwarted bid for a battlefield commission so that he could die gloriously on the battlefront, Thompson has exploited rich material, shedding fresh light on Roosevelt and Wilson's mutual antipathy. Plodding at times but scrupulously fair-minded, Never Call Retreat is an essential source for understanding Roosevelt's final crusade. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Research collections. M. J. Birkner Gettysburg College

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J. Lee Thompson is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Professor of History at Lamar University, USA. His previous books include Theodore Roosevelt Abroad and A Wider Patriotism: Alfred Milner and the British Empire. His work has been featured on C-SPAN and other venues, and he is a visiting Fellow at Cambridge University.<br> <br>

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