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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David McCullough Narrator: Nelson Runger Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781442342132
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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 17 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 

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

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charlie | 6/27/2011

    " The book went into way too much detail about the minutiae of everyday daily life. I was looking for more stories of what made Teddy Roosevelt the outlandish and larger than life person he was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbra | 6/3/2011

    " Just rereading this after loaning it to a young man facing some of the difficulties the young TR faced. It touched me as much almost 15 years ago. We need a few more Teddy Roosevelts in 21st century America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 6/1/2011

    " Great read of a fascinating man and time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginny | 5/22/2011

    " A wonderful book about my favorite President :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 5/19/2011

    " Wonderful insight to the times and history of the era and a unique family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 5/12/2011

    " Actually I would give the first half of the book 5 stars. I didn't finish it only because it began to revolve around hunting and it lost its appeal to me. But he was truly a fascinating man, and I fell completely in love with his father. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl S. | 5/10/2011

    " Teddy Roosevelt as a child and young man. In the beginning it is difficult to keep father and son Theodores straight. TR Jr. is definately an "interesting" child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ddelmoni | 5/6/2011

    " I have two favorite Teddy Roosevelt biographies -- this one and the one I read in 6th grade. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 5/2/2011

    " A tribute to the family - especially the father that shaped this very influential President of the United States. Roosevelt is a classic example of how our weaknesses become our strengths as he overcame his physical limitations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martha | 4/7/2011

    " This was recommended by a friend. I'll let you know "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 3/24/2011

    " Another great read from David McCullough. This one is about Theodore Roosevelt but instead of focusing on the later life events we are all aware of (president, etc), he chooses to focus on his early life and basically asking the question "What made him the man he was?". Fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 3/18/2011

    " Interesting history, focused on his childhood and family life. "

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About the Author
Author David McCullough

David McCullough, acclaimed historian and New York Times bestselling author, has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback. His other acclaimed books are 1776, Brave Companions, The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, and The Greater Journey. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.

About the Narrator

Nelson Runger’s voice has been recorded in dozens of audio productions. 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.