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4.00009608917075 out of 54.00009608917075 out of 54.00009608917075 out of 54.00009608917075 out of 54.00009608917075 out of 5 4.00 (10,407 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: November 2001 ISBN: 9780739300817
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Theodore Rex is the story—never fully told before—of Theodore Roosevelt’s two world-changing terms as President of the United States. A hundred years before the catastrophe of September 11, 2001, “TR” succeeded to power in the aftermath of an act of terrorism. Youngest of all our chief executives, he rallied a stricken nation with his superhuman energy, charm, and political skills. He proceeded to combat the problems of race and labor relations and trust control while making the Panama Canal possible and winning the Nobel Peace Prize. But his most historic achievement remains his creation of a national conservation policy, and his monument millions of acres of protected parks and forest. Theodore Rex ends with TR leaving office, still only fifty years old, his future reputation secure as one of our greatest presidents.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Magnificent…A sweeping narrative of the outward man and a shrewd examination of his character…It is one of those rare works that is both definitive for the period it covers and fascinating to read for sheer entertainment. There should be a queue awaiting the next volume.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • In Edmund Morris, a great president has found a great biographer. . . . Every bit as much a masterpiece of biographical writing as The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, which won the Pulitzer Prize. The Washington Post
  • As a literary work on Theodore Roosevelt, it is unlikely ever to be surpassed. It is one of the great histories of the American presidency, worthy of being on a shelf alongside Henry Adams’s volumes on Jefferson and Madison. Times Literary Supplement
  • Take a deep breath and dive into Theodore Rex, Edmund Morris’s sequel to his 1979 masterpiece, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. . . . He writes with a breezy verve that makes the pages fly. The New York Times Book Review
  • A shining portrait of a presciently modern political genius maneuvering in a gilded age of wealth, optimism, excess and American global ascension. San Francisco Chronicle
  • Roosevelt is a biographer’s dream, an epic character not out of place in an adventure novel. The Christian Science Monitor
  • “Theodore Roosevelt, in this meticulously researched and beautifully written biography, has a claim on being the most interesting man ever to be President of this country.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “In Edmund Morris, a great president has found a great biographer…Every bit as much a masterpiece of biographical writing as The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, which won the Pulitzer Prize.”

    Washington Post

  • “As a literary work on Theodore Roosevelt, it is unlikely ever to be surpassed. It is one of the great histories of the American presidency, worthy of being on a shelf alongside Henry Adams’s volumes on Jefferson and Madison.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “A shining portrait of a presciently modern political genius maneuvering in a gilded age of wealth, optimism, excess, and American global ascension.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Roosevelt is a biographer’s dream, an epic character not out of place in an adventure novel.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • Winner of the 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2003 Audie Award Finalist
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An ALA Notable Book Finalist for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drew Johnson | 2/13/2014

    " Political courage/purpose. Drive. Conservationist/Naturalist. Diplomacy (Russo-japanese war); anti trust; panama canal; hosted first black in white house. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chungsoo Lee | 2/5/2014

    " A well written, well read book. A president who had the Congress and the country in his hands stood up to the business tycoons of the time such as J. P. Morgan. Another fact supported by history: Business can never be trusted to look after the well fare of the society, no matter how loudly it claims that it can be. Government must exist to reign on it time to time, which was true then as it is now. The well fare of the few rich should never be won by the ill fate of the many. What is the value of unbridled expansion of one's wealth, of the survival or domination of the fittest? Government exists for the well being of the whole society. Those who pursue this goal will be remembered in the annuls of history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross | 2/3/2014

    " A little bit of a stretch to give this 4 stars, but it really is an interesting period in our history and the story of a truly amazing personality. In the presidency we see TR move from what we might call "very self-confident" to the line bordering megalomania, and perhaps over that line at times. And the nice thing is, it was all directed at the public good. Our 2nd greatest president was only eclipsed by Lincoln in terms of accomplishment and ability. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jay | 2/1/2014

    " Good subject, but entirely too long and laborious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaun | 2/1/2014

    " This is an excellently written book detailing the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt. I learned much about American history around the turn of the century (1900) and found this account an interesting story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Logan Lee | 1/9/2014

    " While less arresting than his opening book of the trilogy ("The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt"), Edmund Morris' staggering volumes of detail on Roosevelt's presidency combined with his command of story telling, transports the reader to the early 1900's. I can't fathom how many journals and historical records he had to piece together to accomplish this work, but I'm glad he did and glad to have read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Wiltrout | 1/1/2014

    " Love any book about Theodore Roosevelt. Amazing man. wish we could have another president like him. This book was a good sequel. If you want something a little lighter on Teddy I would suggest Mornings on Horseback. Shares about his upbringing and family. (people I want to meet someday in heaven. ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula Katinas | 12/20/2013

    " Edmund Morris is such a vivid writer who makes Teddy Roosevelt come alive on the page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 12/7/2013

    " A great follow up to the "Rise of Theodore Roosevelt". It covers his tenure as President and his accomplishments while in office. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Coffman | 11/25/2013

    " It's Teddy Roosevelt. What more needs be said. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayne Larson | 6/3/2013

    " Listening to this via audible.com "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich Hoffman | 3/14/2013

    " Teddy had good intentions , but the path to hell is paved with good intentions. This book chronicles the great cowboy president faults and all. Its an essential book to understand the progressive political movement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 11/6/2012

    " An excellent profile of a president who truly tried to do right by the "people". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 9/9/2011

    " I learned a lot from this book and found the writer to be detailed and engaging. However, at time the details get a little too minute and I scanned over pages here and there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 9/2/2011

    " You know a guy lead an interesting life when the years he was president are the most boring part. I'm looking forward to moving on to _Colonel Roosevelt_! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 8/24/2011

    " See comments on volume one, Rise of TR. This one covers his presidency; it's not as lively a read as the first volume but it's a good way to be reminded of the historical events of this era as well as more insight into TR's complex personality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dagoberto | 5/21/2011

    " A disappointing sequel, but it wasn't the worst thing in the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 R.J. | 4/26/2011

    " Not quite as thrilling as the first volume -- the focus here is a little heavier on the legislative accomplishments, less on the astonishing trajectory (and complex personality) of the man. Lots of material on international diplomacy. I'm looking forward to the third volume. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tenz457 | 3/6/2011

    " A good look into the life of a great man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 3/2/2011

    " Great book on the life and presidency of Theodore Roosevelt. Morris does a phenomenal job of adding details that are often left out of biographies. He has really done his homework on this great president. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 2/10/2011

    " I really enjoyed this biography of TR because it really shows TR in a Heroic and exciting light. I felt like Morris showed him as everyone sees him, as a strong, fantastic, loyal, and fun man. An easy read but really extensive as a biography should be. "

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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.