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An Autobiography Theodore Roosevelt

An Autobiography

Theodore Roosevelt

Published 1925
582 pages
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This book was ridiculously good. Roosevelt was a one-of-a-kind.I wish we had more like him.His speak softly and carry a big stick rhetoric won him the reputation of a war monger but the fact is that in his 7 1/2 year term as president (he took over for McKinley when he was assassinated 6 months into his presidency), America was totally at peace and not one round was fired at an enemy.A couple of other interesting facts about TR:- He lived in Oyster Bay, Long Island.- He started life asthmatic and puny.- He spent in the west driving cattle and working on ranches.- He led the Rough Riders in the Spanish-American war in Cuba and came home a war hero. This led to his being elected governor of New York during one of the states most corrupt periods.- He won his second term election by a true landslide.- Has the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize- an honor he was given for brokering peace between Japan and Russia in the Russo-Japanese War. Not bad for a war-loving Republican!!- He authored more than 35 books.- He had a photographic memory.- He was frequently referred to as Teddy but never to his face. He was called that by his first wife, who died young and he had a strong aversion to it.- Teddy bears are actually named after Teddy Roosevelt. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman and on one particular trip, he didnt bag any game. Its said that the well meaning guides had captured a bear and wanted TR to shoot it just so he wouldnt have to come home empty-handed. TR refused as it was totally unsportsmanlike. A cartoonist created an image of Roosevelt, shotgun in hand, turning away from a small bear tied to a tree. The image became so famous that children began to refer to small stuffed bears as Teddys Bear. And the rest is history.Reading his words was like stepping back 100 years in history.It was a long read, but well worth it.