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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9,694 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edmund Morris Narrator: Harry Chase Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time

Described by the Chicago Tribune as "a classic," The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt stands as one of the greatest biographies of our time. The publication of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt on September 14th, 2001 marks the 100th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt becoming president.


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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Biography/Autobiography
  • Winner of the 1980 National Book Award for Biography

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dick Gullickson | 2/19/2014

    " It's hard to separate my admiration for Theodore Roosevelt from my appreciation for Edmund Morris's great biography. Theodore is an unexpectedly remarkable and fascinating individual. Edmund paints a compelling picture of Teddy with his boyish enthusiasms, boundless energy, magnetic personality, odd speaking style (at least for much of his early career), and top flight intellect. Roosevelt was a committed amateur biologist who wrote one of his many books on the big game animals of the west. He wrote a number of biographies of political figures emphasizing his own theory of manifest destiny for America. Teddy could knock out a book in a few months -- with his photographic memory he remembered everything he read and could synthesize that information and dictate a manuscript without slowing to consult his notes. This same intellect made him a formidable raconteur and dinner table conversationalist. He was known for inviting experts on history, philosophy, religion, or science to dinner and then dominating the conversation by telling his guest all about the area of his guest's specialty. (But the favorable impression left by so much knowledge was probably somewhat tarnished by his inability to pause and listen). Roosevelt's eastern "dude" image was softened by his cowboy status having been a deputy sheriff in North Dakota and bringing three desperados to justice. His one unsuccessful attempt at business (at least financially, he had a great time doing it), was establishing a cattle ranch near Dickinson, ND, where Janie once taught school. He led his cowboy rough riders regiment in the Spanish American War and almost won the congressional medal of honor for leading the charge up San Juan Hill. By the way, as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, he did more than almost anyone (with the possible exception of the Spanish) to trigger the Spanish American War. This is the best book I have read this year. And maybe last year, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alexandra Arboleda | 2/10/2014

    " This book is so beautifully written, it is a pleasure to read. I loved learning about the early life of this powerful and influential man. His courage and resilience are extraordinary and inspiring. It was fascinating to get a glimpse of America at the turn of the century through his eyes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by peter | 1/30/2014

    " I thought this book may have been too dry, but not only is Teddy's life interesting (even his youth), but Morris writes smoothly enough that he's a good storyteller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tim | 1/29/2014

    " Finally finished all 783 pages. A long read but a good one. Roosevelt is one of my favorite presidents because of his devotion to conservation. I did not realize he was also the father of the civil service system and and a staunch supporter of fighting corruption in government and politics.....where are you now! Good read, now foe something a little more mellow before the next two books. "

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