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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,031 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David McCullough Narrator: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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FROM THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF JOHN ADAMS

Winner of the 1982 National Book Award for Biography, Mornings on Horseback is the brilliant biography of the young Theodore Roosevelt. Hailed as a masterpiece by Newsday, it is the story of a remarkable little boy—seriously handicapped by recurrent and nearly fatal attacks of asthma—and his struggle to manhood.

His father—the first Theodore Roosevelt, “Greatheart”—is a figure of unbounded energy, enormously attractive and selfless, a god in the eyes of his small, frail namesake. His mother—Mittie Bulloch Roosevelt—is a Southerner and celebrated beauty.

Mornings on Horseback spans seventeen years—from 1869 when little “Teedie” is ten, to 1886 when he returns from the West a “real life cowboy” to pick up the pieces of a shattered life and begin anew, a grown man, whole in body and spirit.

This is a tale about family love and family loyalty…about courtship, childbirth and death, fathers and sons…about gutter politics and the tumultuous Republican Convention of 1884…about grizzly bears, grief and courage, and “blessed” mornings on horseback at Oyster Bay or beneath the limitless skies of the Badlands.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fine account of Roosevelt's rise to manhood, well written and, like its subject, full of irrepressible vitality.”

    Denver Post

  • “This is a marvelous chronicle of manners and morals, love and duty, and as captivating as anything you will find between book covers in a long while.”

    Detroit News

  • “We have no better social historian.”

    New York Times

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 1982 National Book Award for Biography
  • Winner of the 1981 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography
  • A 1982 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Biography/Autobiography
  • A 2005 Audie Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joe Alexander | 1/22/2014

    " This was definitely a good book but a lot of it failed to really engage me. Roosevelt's life is certainly very interesting, and a focus on his childhood and early adulthood really provides an interesting perspective on the facts that most people knew already but around which they had little personal historical context. For a reader like me, however, who is not a history buff and knows little even about Roosevelt's presidency, a more in-depth review might have been more interesting. Overall, however, I enjoyed this book and it was a nice change of pace to what I'm used to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by kato | 1/18/2014

    " I loved to learn about Roosevelt's family life. I enjoyed the history of Theodore's Mother, Father, and Aunts and Uncles more than I enjoyed the sections about his own life. This book gives many great prospectives about this great man that will be hard to find in other bios, such as Theodore Rex. He is a product of his family life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bruce Cowan | 1/12/2014

    " 1st book read about T.R. by one of the best authors of history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Robert Melnyk | 1/11/2014

    " I enjoyed this book on TR, by David McCullough, although I don't think it was as good as the other two I read by him, John Adams and Truman. I think far too much time was spent on Roosevelt's early battles with asthma. It was interesting reading about it, but just too much time and detail was devoted to it. I would have liked it better if that had been cut shorter and some time was spent on Roosevelt's later political life, rather than ending it basically with his run for Mayor of NYC. All in all, though, it was a good read, especially if you are into political history. "

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