Theodore Rex

Theodore Rex The most eagerly awaited presidential biography in years Theodore Rex is a sequel to Edmund Morris s classic bestseller The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt It begins by following the new President still t

  • Title: Theodore Rex
  • Author: Edmund Morris
  • ISBN: 9780394555096
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The most eagerly awaited presidential biography in years, Theodore Rex is a sequel to Edmund Morris s classic bestseller The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt It begins by following the new President still the youngest in American history as he comes down from Mount Marcy, New York, to take his emergency oath of office in Buffalo, one hundred years ago.A detailed prologue descThe most eagerly awaited presidential biography in years, Theodore Rex is a sequel to Edmund Morris s classic bestseller The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt It begins by following the new President still the youngest in American history as he comes down from Mount Marcy, New York, to take his emergency oath of office in Buffalo, one hundred years ago.A detailed prologue describes TR s assumption of power and journey to Washington, with the assassinated President McKinley riding behind him like a ghost of the nineteenth century Trains rumble throughout this irresistibly moving narrative, as TR crosses and recrosses the nation Traveling south through a succession of haunting landscapes, TR encounters harbingers of all the major issues of the new century Imperialism, Industrialism, Conservation, Immigration, Labor, Race plus the overall challenge that intimidated McKinley how to harness America s new power as the world s richest nation.Theodore Rex the title is taken from a quip by Henry James tells the story of the following seven and a half years years in which TR entertains, infuriates, amuses, strong arms, and seduces the body politic into a state of almost total subservience to his will It is not always a pretty story one of the revelations here is that TR was hated and feared by a substantial minority of his fellow citizens Wall Street, the white South, Western lumber barons, even his own Republican leadership in Congress strive to harness his steadily increasing power.Within weeks of arrival in Washington, TR causes a nationwide sensation by becoming the first President to invite a black man to dinner in the White House Next, he launches his famous prosecution of the Northern Securities Company, and follows up with landmark antitrust legislation He liberates Cuba, determines the route of the Panama Canal, mediates the great Anthracite Strike, and resolves the Venezuela Crisis of 1902 1903 with such masterful secrecy that the world at large is unaware how near the United States and Germany have come to war.During an epic national tour in the spring of 1903, TR s conservation philosophy his single greatest gift to posterity comes into full flower He also bestows on countless Americans the richness of a personality without parallel evangelical and passionate, yet lusty and funny adroitly political, winningly natural, intellectually overwhelming The most famous father of his time, he is adored by his six children although beautiful, willful Princess Alice rebelled against him and accepted as an honorary member of the White House Gang of seditious small boys.Theodore Rex, full of cinematic detail, moves with the exhilarating pace of a novel, yet it rides on a granite base of scholarship TR s own voice is constantly heard, as the President was a gifted letter writer and raconteur Also heard are the many witticisms, sometimes mocking, yet always affectionate, of such Roosevelt intimates as Henry Adams, John Hay, and Elihu Root Theodore is never sober, said Adams, only he is drunk with himself and not with rum TR s speed of thought and action, and his total command of all aspects of presidential leadership, from bureaucratic subterfuge to manipulation of the press, make him all but invincible in 1904, when he wins a second term by a historic landslide Surprisingly, this victory transforms him from a patrician conservative to a progressive, responsible between 1905 and 1908 for a raft of enlightened legislation, including the Pure Food and Employer Liability acts Even surprising, to critics who have caricatured TR as a swinger of the Big Stick, is his emergence as a diplomat He wins the Nobel Peace Prize for bringing about an end to the Russo Japanese War in 1905.Interspersed with many stories of Rooseveltian triumphs are some bitter episodes notably a devastating lynching that remind us of America s deep prejudices and fears Theodore Rex does not attempt to justify TR s notorious action following the Brownsville Incident of 1906 his worst mistake as President but neither does this resolutely honest biography indulge in the easy wisdom of hindsight It is written throughout in real time, reflecting the world as TR saw it By the final chapter, as the great Teddy prepares to quit the White House in 1909, it will be a hard hearted reader who does not share the sentiment of Henry Adams The old house will seem dull and sad when my Theodore has gone.

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    • Edmund Morris

      Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name This profile may contain books from multiple authors of this name Other authors with this name Edmund Morris 1804 1874 Edmund Morris, actor, playwright, author of screenplaysEdmund Morris is a writer best known for his biographies of United States presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan Morris received his early education in Kenya after which he attended Rhodes University in South Africa He worked as an advertising copywriter in London before emigrating to the United States in 1968.His biography The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award in 1980 After spending 14 years as President Reagan s authorized biographer, he published the national bestseller Dutch A Memoir of Ronald Reagan in 1999.Morris s other books include Theodore Rex, the second in a projected three volume chronicle of the life of Theodore Roosevelt, and Beethoven The Universal Composer Mr Morris has also written extensively on travel and the arts for such publications as The New Yorker, the New York Times, and Harper s Magazine.Edmund Morris lives in New York City and Kent, Connecticut with his wife and fellow biographer, Sylvia Jukes Morris.



    500 thoughts on “Theodore Rex

    • We are in the dregs of December. Soon we will experience the long dark of January, the utter waste of February, and the vindictiveness of March. And then it will probably rain. It’s a time of year meant for misery. The weather is cold and gray; you didn't get what you wanted for Christmas; you’re broke; and you probably gained fifteen pounds. Want to feel a little worse? Read a book about Theodore Roosevelt. While your life is spent sunk into an overstuffed couch, drinking cheap domestic bee [...]


    • The book is an excellent account of the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt. Based on this book I can see why he is often rated a top rate president. The book starts at the assassination of President McKinley where Theodore, as McKinley’s vice president, was unexpectedly thrust into the country’s most important job. Theodore justifiably became concerned about being an assassin’s automatic target as the nation’s leader. His father’s hero Abraham Lincoln as well as President James Garfield [...]


    • Theodore Roosevelt – what a guy!!! A whirlwind . A remarkable individual way, way, way ahead of his time. I recommend reading this book to those of you interested in all the details of his presidency AND to those of you who like reading about exceptional human beings. I cannot think of any other person at all similar. You must of course start with the first book of the trilogy: The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. This is the second, and I am off to read the third: Colonel Roosevelt. I know they ar [...]


    • This, the middle book of a three book trilogy, is focused solely on Theodore Roosevelt's presidency. The book is exellent. Richly detailed in all that happened during his presidency. The book captures more than a presidency but also the man himself, his energy, his faults and his strengths. Paired with the first book, this makes a wonderful duology. However, if you are just looking to read about his presidency, this is book can just be read on its own.


    • Three and a half stars. One has to have almost as much energy as Teddy himself to get through this massive history of Roosevelt's presidency. I did not enjoy it anywhere near as much as Morris's earlier book, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. Theodore Rex was too often a rather dry chronology with little context or analysis of Roosevelt's place in history. Still.Bully for Teddy! He was a giant.


    • The second installment of Edmund Morris's biographical trilogy of Theodore Roosevelt. Densely written, well researched and with excellent research notes Theodore Rex is a serious piece of political biography. I'm not a slow reader, but I took my time goingg through this one. Political biographies can be challenging for me. All the in-fighting and maneuvering can be tedious at times, but also fascinating. It just isn't fast reading for me. In some respects the book is rather old-fashioned in it's [...]


    • Ol' Teddy Roosevelt. One of two Republicans that it is okay for liberals to like (the other is Abraham Lincoln of course. Who did you think I was talking about? Rutherford B. Hayes?)I've always liked this guy because of the snippets of history you hear about him: "Speak softly and carry a big stick." Big game hunter. Conservationist. Great public speaker. Teddy Bear.I feel like I've grown up listening to his "Greatest Hits" and this is the first time I've actually sat down to listen to all of hi [...]


    • I simply learned that TR was a bad ass, plain and simple. I am sorry, Obama, Clinton, and Bush, this guy makes you look like the janitor of America. I think he may be the only president who could help us open the greatest canal in the world's history, help thwart a recession (very similar to ours today) by telling the rich people, "Hey you like making money? Then you save Wall Street, not the government!", create the greatest group of fighters, The rough riders, and have many life stories such a [...]


    • A brilliant biography. IT is hard to separate my love of Morris' second Roosevelt biography from my love of TR. The book captures the dynamo-President's force, eccentricities, and political skill while also accurately capturing the politics of the time and the rise of America's global power. Occasionally, a person enters the global stage with such energy, power, competence and audacity that it seems the earth moves for them and water separates. I can only think of a couple other leaders that cap [...]


    • WALK SOFTLY AND CARRY A BIG STICKMorris places this African proverb at Roosevelt's feet in this second volume of the biography, and aptly so. President Roosevelt, who began using the phrase just before entering the White House, turned it into his mantra and he shifted the view of the United States, both within the borders of its territory and amongst the international community.The ongoing expansion of my knowledge of historical figures has me tackling the presidential period of Roosevelt's life [...]


    • In Morris’ second volume we are introduced to President Roosevelt. He is a far more seasoned and mature person than the TR described in the first volume. While still given to outbursts and instantaneous action, he displays political astuteness and an ability to balance his impulsiveness with pragmatism. No longer is TR the NY City Police Commissioner who walked the streets making sure cops were on their beats and who alienated so many New Yorkers by zealously enforcing the unpopular and widely [...]


    • Theodore Roosevelt was a larger-than-life president and Theodore Rex is a Teddy-sized biography to match his presidency. The text contains 554 pages and the bibliography adds another 150 or so. And that's just to cover the (slightly less than) 8 years of Teddy's governing terms. If you're looking for a real-life story with breadth and detail, you won't go wrong here. I admit that on multiple occasions I put the book down for months at a time even though I enjoyed every chapter; all that informat [...]


    • My second favorite President. Reading this, you may be struck at how he would be skewered by the Left today. Like Reagan, he seemed to have a natural understanding of his age and the important issues that needed to be addressed. He did it with strength, courage, resolve, and charisma. This book does a great job of following him from the earliest hours of assuming office and then staring down some of his most important battles.


    • bestpresidentialbios/2015/“Theodore Rex” is the second volume in Edmund Morris’s highly acclaimed three-volume biography of Theodore Roosevelt. The series’ inaugural volume debuted in 1979 but more than two decades elapsed before this second volume was published in 2001. Morris spent much of that time working on his now-infamous memoir of Ronald Reagan.“Theodore Rex” conveniently picks up where “The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt” left off – with Vice President Roosevelt receiving [...]


    • I read this book primarily to get a different perspective of Theodore Roosevelt than that provided by James Bradley in his work, The Imperial Cruise: A True Story of Empire and War. In the latter, the author left a stinging picture of TR, describing him as an egomaniac, racist and staunch xenophobe. Morris's portrait is less striking - and portrays a strong, fair and popular leader who vacillated between conservative and progressive political opinions. The dichotomy between the two accounts must [...]


    • Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris from Modern Library is the second in a three volume biography of the 26th President of the United States. The first volume The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography in 1980, setting high expectations for the rest of the series. In my opinion, this book easily meets those expectations. This is a fantastic biography, in which Mr. Morris does an excellent job of bringing Theodore Roosevelt's presidency to life.This prologue of [...]


    • I've been fascinated by Theodore Roosevelt since I was a kid. Morris has written a compelling biography that captures many facets of TR's complex personality, focused in this volume on his years as President. Morris has done his research, making good use of primary sources (diaries, letters, papers, memoirs) to recreate day-by-day and even hour-by-hour scenes of Roosevelt making decisions, negotiating with legislators, ambassadors, and heads of state, talking (he was a non-stop talker) with frie [...]


    • All biographers should be this passionate about their subjects. Morris paints a detailed portrait of a tumultuous presidency with compassion and verve. At times, however, the book falls into melodrama (not that TR wasn't a character worthy of it) and amounts to a biographical blow job. While I admire the depth of research that is so evident, some glossing over faults and aggrandizing go down in Theodore Rex that made me scowl. I mean, the title sort of says it all. Well-written, but over the top [...]


    • Mighty! The book, the subject, the author, the research, the story, the effects of this administration, the depth of the errors when errors were made, the president-congress battles, the sheer amount of interesting things one learns while reading this book -- all are mighty.


    • Edmund Morris's second installment of the proposed Theodore Roosevelt trilogy is a worthy follow-up to "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt." This book covers his Presidency years, from 1901 to 1909. It is a portrait of a good-natured, scrupulous patrician with progressive instincts who became the dominant politician of his age. His personal beliefs were founded on the gilded age of the late-nineteenth century, with its excesses and growing sense of America's dominant position in the world. Yet, he r [...]


    • Henry James once referred to TR as Theodore Rex in describing the impression he had of being in the presence of a king when attending a banquet given by President Roosevelt. This book is the story of the Roosevelt presidency. Morris follows TR from the death of McKinley to the inauguration of Taft. Every major issue, event, piece of legislation and fight with congress is covered. Morris does a terrific job of weaving story lines so one feels as though the book is reporting current news. Morris d [...]


    • This is the second book in Edmund Morris' three-book series on Roosevelt, and while the first one won the Pulitzer Prize and gets all the accolades, I found this one to be more enjoyable and considerably more fascinating. You get to charge through the first decade of the 20th century right next to the most exciting president we've ever had. Morris illuminates big events (Panamanian independence, war between Russia and Japan) while painting you a picture of what American life and government then [...]


    • This novel read like a report of the day to day activities and special events of Theodore Roosevelt day-to-day operations and political railings during his presidency.It highlighted taking power after the death of the sitting president's assassination, through his re-election, the politics of the Panama Canal, the policy of the railroad and some of the federal investigations of anti-trust.It covered his horrible decision of dismissal of Black Troops in the Brownsville fiasco to him establishing [...]


    • As with Thomas Jefferson, it seems that Teddy has been glorified in 20th Century memory for little real reason other than his personality. His accomplishments as president can be counted on one hand. For all his ambition, next to none of it transferred into benefits for his country in any lasting way. Like Jefferson, TR worked to change the physical United States. (Had he been president during the time of Polk, we likely would have seen Mexico and Canada as part of the American homeland—or at [...]


    • Edmund Morris begins Theodore Rex, the second installment of his biographical trilogy, within hours of where he ended of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. The prologue shows Roosevelt's journey first to Buffalo then escorting his slain predecessor's body to Washington for a public memorial. Morris transitions to the main text of the biography when Roosevelt's main duty as President changes from "Chief Mourner" to Chief Executive, and the book then be divided in two corresponding to Roosevelt's two [...]


    • Although it took me nearly a year to finish this book, it is no fault of the author: from the moment of TR's assumption of the Presidency following McKinley's assasination (the account of which really drew me in) until the end of the second term, Edmund Morris not only gives a detailed account of Roosevelt's presidency (oh, now I see why he joins Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln on Mt. Rushmore), but of his personal life and the times in which he lived. He was a fitness fanatic, constantly inj [...]


    • Nothing can match exhilaration of Morris's first volume in this series, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt," if only because the material here is politics and domestic life instead of the almost unbelievable adventure story of Roosevelt's youth and early adulthood.Morris opts for an intense close-up of Roosevelt as president here, and he captures the texture of the time in a way few writers have achieved. But at a price: Morris rately steps back to provide any extended discussion about the broader s [...]


    • not as good as the first book in the trilogy (The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt), but then it's hard to imagine how that would be possible. less punch-out narrative here, likely because even so ursine a character as the Knickerbocker can't get away as President with all the roughhousing of a free citizen, l'outrance qui est dans sa nature notwithstanding. there's also a wider cast of characters here, despite fewer pages; they tend to enter, drive disparate drama for a score of pages, and leave. i w [...]


    • Theodore Rex, the second in a three book set, tells the story of the presidency of Teddy Roosevelt. While most of the exciting adventure stories from TR’s life are left for the two adjoining volumes, there is much to enjoy here. These pages tell of his great accomplishments, ranging from the construction of the Panama Canal, adding numerous National Parks, and becoming the trust buster. The reader will also enjoy discovering his lesser known foreign policy deeds, including receiving the Nobel [...]


    • I hovered between 3 and 4 stars on this one. It was good, but it was also pretty slow. And I found the way he glossed over certain events very disconcerting. I know for the sake of making a book he's not going to be able to include every thing, but there were a few times when a throwaway parenthetical or aside contained pretty pivotal information. Also found the focus on Alice Roosevelt to be a little weird. Just the tone of it. Authordude was really obsessed with her figure at a couple points.A [...]


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