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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: October 1995 ISBN: 9781428198753
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lenora | 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 Art | 4/29/2012

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

About the Author

Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919) was the twenty-sixth president of the United States. He is noted for his exuberant personality, range of interests and achievements, leadership of the Progressive movement, and “cowboy” image. He was a leader of the Republican Party and founder of the short-lived Progressive Party of 1912. Before becoming president, he held offices at the municipal, state, and federal level of government. Roosevelt’s achievements as a naturalist, explorer, hunter, author, and soldier are as much a part of his fame as any office he held as a politician.

About the Narrators

Nelson Runger’s voice has been recorded in dozens of audio productions and won him two AudioFile Earphones Awards. His ability to convey difficult, scholarly material with eloquence and ease has earned him critical acclaim, including an AudioFile Best Voice in Biography & History for his reading of Nixon and Kissinger.

John McDonough, one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices, has narrated dozens of audiobooks, and won eleven Earphones Awards. He is known for his narrations of children’s books, including Robert McCloskey’s Centerburg Tales and Albert Marrin’s Commander-in-Chief Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Outside of his audiobook work, he has starred in a revival of Captain Kangaroo on the Fox Network.