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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (40 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Theodore Roosevelt, Joan Paterson Kerr Narrator: Nelson Runger, John McDonough Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Theodore Roosevelt was a colorful adventurer, statesman, and president. But he always felt that the most essential role he played was that of father to his six children.

In A Bully Father, noted historical editor Joan Paterson Kerr brings together a collection of his letters, spanning the years between 1898 and 1919, which convey all the boundless affection he felt for his family. Although Roosevelt’s responsibilities often took him far from home, he remained keenly interested in the daily lives of his four sons and two daughters. Even as he watched steam shovels dig the Panama Canal, he wrote letters filled with vivid, accessible anecdotes to his children. Countless questions about their adventures, friendships, and activities sprinkle the pages. Always a prolific reader and writer, Roosevelt composed an astonishing 150,000 letters by the time he died in 1919.

Jean Paterson Kerr’s perceptive biographical essay helps the listener see this lively, carefully selected part of the collection as an absorbing family chronicle.

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  • “Wonderful…Reveals how seriously yet lightheartedly Theodore Roosevelt took his role as father of six lively children…Each letter is delightfully different, addressed not so much to a childre as to a beloved individual regarded as an equal.” Publishers Weekly
  • “Theodore Roosevelt is presented by John McDonough in what sounds like Roosevelt’s own hearty, patrician voice. McDonough speaks slowly, with deadpan understatement and timing that makes one laugh…Nelson Runger…has a husky, rich voice that could also be Roosevelt’s. Between the two narrators, we feel right in the midst of this dynamic family.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lenora Rogers | 9/23/2013

    " This has to be one of my favorite books. To know about a President who was also a very devoted father and husband. The letters he writes to his children shows a real human side to this man. I totally recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Art King | 4/29/2012

    " Teddy shines through as a true inspiration to all fathers. I read this book, and then "played bear" with my children. "

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