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Theodore Roosevelt practically invented the modern presidency--the press office, the bully pulpit from which the president spoke directly about moral issues and managed public opinion, federal intelligence gathering, effective trust-busting and the regulation of business, and America's active diplomatic intervention in world affairs. But he started out as a sickly, asthmatic boy dressed in effeminate velvet sheltered inside his parents' aristocratic world of old New York knickerbocker wealth and privilege. How could he rise up from a sickly and protected childhood with maids and relatives overing around him as he struggled to breathe?
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Kathleen Dalton tells the story of TR's rise to greatness in three parts: first, his struggle to overcome illness and find a place--or several careers-- for himself, second, his rise to political power and his presidency, and third, his post-presidential career as an advocate of a strong federal government that provided protection for all its citizens from unemployment and ill health and old age poverty. This biography is also the story of a romance and marriage that made TR a more effective political and literary operator. His wife Edith Carow Roosevelt was more than a partner--she edited, silenced, and advised this impulsive and effusive character. He adored her even while he struggled under her guiding hand.
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Plot & Themes

Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Phys disability/mental struggle?    -   Yes Struggle with    -   physical disability/sickness Politician story?    -   Politician trying to reform Period of greatest activity?    -   1900+ Loss of loved one?    -   Yes

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   politician/elected ruler Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Africa    -   Yes Kind of Africa:    -   White Enclave Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   ranch Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion Century:    -   19th century

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   encouraged    -   like laughing If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A ton 16-20 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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