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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: October 2002 ISBN: 9780739301838
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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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy Doyle | 1/28/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading the next one. This is obviously very well researched. It's also very well written. I really got into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 1/21/2014

    " I love Teddy! He is so inspiring. Time and time again, he succeeded despite insurmountable odds and incredible obstacles. He was also a man of integrity who did the right thing, even if the right thing was the hard thing to do. This book is the 1st in a trilogy. This book is all about his life up to his presidency. The 2nd book is called Theodore Rex and is about his presidency. And the 3rd book (yet to be written) will be about the time period after his presidency. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela Okano | 1/19/2014

    " Excellent read about the life of TR until the death of McKinley. Bogs down a bit in the New York legislative part but otherwise an engrossing read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren Albert | 1/15/2014

    " An amazing and beautifully written biography of Roosevelt's life up to the assassination of McKinley. I read it in only a couple of days even though it is almost 800 pages. It is really that readable. Morris is magnificently evenhanded about Roosevelt and you get a vivid picture of a very real (exhaustingly real, in fact) man. I had only 2 relatively small criticisms--first, Morris seems to quote ad nauseum from people who (my quotation marks) "saw the greatness" in Roosevelt early on. Now sometimes, these statements can not be argued with as when they were written in contemporary letters or diaries. But surely, we must take some of these with a grain of salt--it is so tempting, I'm sure, for people to see a person's potential greatness with the benefit of hindsight? It also simply gets annoyingly repetitive to read. My second criticism is that Morris lets Roosevelt's family just slide out of sight for much of the book. Perhaps it is due to a lack of information? Even with the majority of the book being focused on Roosevelt's career, surely his role as the father of a large and active family should come in somewhere. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sweatherford | 1/15/2014

    " excellent biography of a fascinating character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil | 1/8/2014

    " A great tale about a great man. I can't wait to read the next two volumes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amara | 12/15/2013

    " He is fascinating. I already read a biography of him, which made it a little hard to listen to 21 hours of some of the same material, but he was an amazing person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Miller | 12/12/2013

    " I loved this book. Theodore Roosevelt lived life with passion and energy. His moral values and convictions shaped his character as well as the political policies he fought hard to establish. If you enjoy history - you will enjoy this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alaina Patterson | 12/3/2013

    " For the full review (and to see how much American History Alaina doesn't know, plus some bonus Simpsons stuff), click the link to That's What She Read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ikindler | 7/31/2013

    " Great story of a guy Mark Twain described as "insane." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rodolphe | 4/11/2013

    " An amazing biography of an amazing person. How did he get all this done before age 42! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 3/10/2013

    " What an amazing creature TR was -- and what a huge impact he had, good and bad, on what it came to mean to be an American in the late 1800s and early 1900s. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Rowe | 1/20/2013

    " This book taught me a lot about a person and a time that I knew almost nothing about. The writer really brought Roosevelt to life for me. I most definitely will read the next two books in the series. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tyler Seldomridge | 12/10/2012

    " Great account of an impressive individual...need another prez like him! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Carey | 11/21/2012

    " I loved this intimate view to TR. Excellent history of his formative years "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick L | 10/6/2012

    " Well written and easy to read. Just the right amount of detail without getting bogged down. Almost makes me want to read "The Naval War of 1812" again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randall Marsh | 7/2/2012

    " No better bio triology. Few better men. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia Reed | 4/24/2012

    " The first in a great series of books about our first progressive president. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Sachar | 11/3/2011

    " Simply one of the best bios published. Amazing storytelling with detailed history. This bio gives you the story behind the story and teaches facts that are rarely mentioned in history lessons. Great subject matter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted | 5/20/2011

    " Teddy was more of a man than you could ever be. "

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

    " Audio Book. It was very interesting for a history book. I checked it out because Theodore Roosevelt was in Assegai so it kind of went together. "

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

    " I loved this book. Theodore Roosevelt lived life with passion and energy. His moral values and convictions shaped shaped his character as well as the political policies he implemented. If you enjoy history - you will enjoy this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abel | 4/14/2011

    " This book deserves six stars. Maybe seven. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lexie Ann | 4/11/2011

    " Rich and beautiful. Instant favorite. I think the many awards are enough review. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 4/6/2011

    " Excellent! Engaging picture of Teddy Roosevelt and coming of age. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nostromo | 4/1/2011

    " Superb book. Captivating and well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 3/1/2011

    " Two reads now. Wonderful bio. Now on to the second volume in the trilogy, Theodore Rex. "

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About the Author
Author Edmund MorrisEdmund Morris was born and educated in Kenya and went to college in South Africa. He worked as an advertising copywriter in London before immigrating to the United States in 1968. His first book, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1980. Its sequel, Theodore Rex, won the Los Angeles Times Award for Biography in 2002. In between these two books, Morris became President Reagan’s authorized biographer, and published the national bestseller Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan. More recently he has written Beethoven: The Universal Composer. Edmund Morris lives in New York City and Kent, Connecticut, with his wife and fellow biographer, Sylvia Jukes Morris. 
About the Narrator

Harry Chase has over thirty years of experience in voice-overs and acting. He is most recognized as the voice of Captain Morgan’s Rum. His work includes feature film trailers as well as spots for Quiznos, Sony Vaio, Disney on Broadway, CNN, CBS, Lifetime, Sci-Fi and National Geographic. Harry’s voice can also be heard in video games such as Grand Theft Auto IV and as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. Harry won a Best Voice Over Golden Trailer Award for his work on the movie trailer for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford starring Brad Pitt.