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Theodore Roosevelt (1858--1919) was our most published president with an incredible output of writing including forty books, over a thousand articles, and countless speeches and letters. Collected here in one volume are examples of Roosevelt's voluminous writings over a dazzling array of topics. Organized by general categories, readers can sample writings on subjects as varied as the environment, the danger of professional sports; the famous charge of San Juan Hill, and Roosevelt's passion for literary criticism. From addresses and presidential messages on public policy and national ideals, to biography, to travel writing, to ecological concerns, to writings on hunting, to international politics and history, Roosevelt's talents and achievements as a writer went far beyond what we now expect of our public leaders.Roosevelt's legacy as one of the first progressive American politicians, his concerns about environmentalism, his internationalism, and his unflinching belief in the American character and destiny uncannily speak to the issues of our own day and can be found in the pages of this representative and judicious anthology of his work.

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        Gordon Hutner, editor, is professor of English at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He founded in 1989 and is the editor of the journal American Literary History, and is considered "one of the most influential editors of his generation." He is the author of What America Read: Taste, Class, and the Novel, 1920–1960. He also edited the volume Immigrant Voices: Twenty-Four Narratives on Becoming an American and American Literature, American Culture.
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Theodore Roosevelt (1858--1919) was our most published president with an incredible output of writing including forty books, over a thousand articles, and countless speeches and letters.

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Roosevelt's legacy as one of the first progressive American politicians, his concerns about environmentalism, his internationalism, and his unflinching belief in the American character and destiny uncannily speak to the issues of our own day and can be found in the pages of this representative and judicious anthology of his work.

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      • source: Glenn Altschuler, Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies, Cornell University
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        "Drawing on his expertise in the politics and culture of the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era and his legendary editorial skills, Gordon Hutner has managed to capture the complexity, creativity, contrariness and combativeness of Theodore Roosevelt, one of our nation's most important politicians and men of letters."

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      • source: Thomas Bender, University Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History, New York University
      • content: "TR is back and timely. Many of his early twentieth century issues are, in new dress, those of our own early twenty-first century. This collection captures the intellectually omnivorous Roosevelt's always readable major public writings, making them available to students and the general public."
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      • source: Richard Zacks, author of Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York
      • content: "Headstrong and articulate, Theodore Roosevelt rarely wandered into the gray areas of indecision and self-doubt, let alone pacificsm. His own uncle said TR would rather bang his head against a stone wall than change direction. TR's prose, in these aptly-selected passages, reflects the man: blunt despite a Harvard vocabulary, and brimful of a broadly inclusive vision of American optimism despite growing up so wealthy. Throughout his life, Roosevelt carried a soapbox in his back pocket."
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        February 1, 2014
        An eclectic collection from the highly literate and scholarly president of the United States. Editor Hutner (English/Univ. of Illinois; What America Read: Taste, Class, and the Novel, 1920-1960, 2008) had a difficult task: selecting representative samples from among the mountains of Roosevelt's publications. Some selections are unsurprising--from his opening essay on "The Strenuous Life" to his account of the taking of San Juan Hill (with two different descriptions of brains leaking from head wounds)--but there are also some welcome surprises. In a 1903 speech at the New York State Fair, he declared his solidarity with the common man in an allusion to The Three Musketeers--"All for each and each for all"--and passages from his 1910 speech at Osawatomie, Kan., seem lifted from a progressive op-ed piece from last week's New York Times. Frequently, Roosevelt urged workers to organize--and then be reasonable. He argued for control of trusts, for women's rights (wives, he said, should be partners, not servants) and for equal treatment of blacks. His racial ideas, though (as the editor notes), were progressive for Roosevelt's time--not ours. He praised the performance of black soldiers in Cuba but also notes that "of course" they need white officers. In addition, he had kind words for the Indian warriors we slaughtered. Also included is a long 1912 speech about the necessity of historians to write with the imagination of the novelist (a dictum he did not always manage to follow), a sanguinary piece about the pleasures of shooting grizzly bears, the expected stuff about keeping fit and being virtuous (he sounds sometimes like a gung-ho Boy Scout leader), and the necessity of maintaining a war-ready army and navy. Intriguing pieces, unobtrusively and skillfully edited, that form both a time and a timeless capsule.

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        April 1, 2014
        Viewing Theodore Roosevelt as author rather than as president, editor Hutner showcases the topical breadth of TR's published works and declamations. In a collection of 24-plus items, readers can range from Roosevelt's advice on raising boys, opinion about professional sports, and accounts of hunting bears to his invocations of political principles for the public issues of his time. In addition to TR's varied interests, Hutner primes readers with insightful introductions to Roosevelt's prose style, which was as muscular and direct as was his advocacy of, as one of his best-known speeches is titled, The Strenuous Life. Contemptuous of a life of slothful ease, Roosevelt made his personal energy and indomitability infuse much of his writing, which is why it remains historically fascinating a century after his presidency. If his books are not to today's tastes, they nevertheless capture TR's aim for accuracy and objectivity. In addition to excerpts from his histories, including The Winning of the West, among his greatest achievements as a writer, according to Hutner, this varied volume includes a TR speech on historiography. A judicious anthology well suited to the TR shelf.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2014, American Library Association.)

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