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Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt (1981)

Tekijä: David McCullough

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Biography & Autobiography. History. Nonfiction. HTML:The National Book Award??winning biography that tells the story of how young Teddy Roosevelt transformed himself from a sickly boy into the vigorous man who would become a war hero and ultimately president of the United States, told by master historian David McCullough.
Mornings on Horseback is the brilliant biography of the young Theodore Roosevelt. Hailed as "a masterpiece" (John A. Gable, Newsday), it is the winner of the Los Angeles Times 1981 Book Prize for Biography and the National Book Award for Biography. Written by David McCullough, the author of Truman, this is the story of a remarkable little boy, seriously handicapped by recurrent and almost fatal asthma attacks, and his struggle to manhood: an amazing metamorphosis seen in the context of the very uncommon household in which he was raised.

The father is the first Theodore Roosevelt, a figure of unbounded energy, enormously attractive and selfless, a god in the eyes of his small, frail namesake. The mother, Mittie Bulloch Roosevelt, is a Southerner and a celebrated beauty, but also considerably more, which the book makes clear as never before. There are sisters Anna and Corinne, brother Elliott (who becomes the father of Eleanor Roosevelt), and the lovely, tragic Alice Lee, TR's first love. All are brought to life to make "a beautifully told story, filled with fresh detail" (The New York Times Book Review).

A book to be read on many levels, it is at once an enthralling story, a brilliant social history and a work of important scholarship which does away with several old myths and breaks entirely new ground. It is a book about life intensely lived, about family love and loyalty, about grief and courage, about "blessed" mornings on horseback beneath the wide blue skies of the Badlan
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    The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism (tekijä: Doris Kearns Goodwin) (rakerman)
    rakerman: The Bully Pulpit covers some biographical details of Theodore Roosevelt Jr.'s life but at a much quicker summary level than Mornings on Horseback. Mornings on Horseback starts off mostly about Theodore Roosevelt Sr., and its level of detail is sometimes excruciating. Each book provides a different perspective on the life and character of Theodore Roosevelt Jr.; they complement each other well.… (lisätietoja)
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Enjoy every Roosevelt bio I try. This one had a little more on Elliot, who interests me. Lots of good quotes from primary sources ( )
  cspiwak | Mar 6, 2024 |
Stuck between 4 and 5 stars.

I read this biography during the reading of Edmund Morris' "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt."

McCullough focuses more on the lives of those in Roosevelt's family and is selective in the stories he tells of TR's life up until his defeat for Mayor of NY. McCullough paints pictures in broad strokes, and leaves the reader not only with a different understanding of who TR was, but entertained to boot.

TR is an interesting persona in American history, literature and politics. Reading this and Morris' book only makes me hunger to read more about TR and possibly his literary works. ( )
  wvlibrarydude | Jan 14, 2024 |
I just finished reading Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life, and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt, by David McCullough. It started out slow, but is now gripping. He very notably and famously transformed himself from a self-pitying asthmatic child to a vigorous, strapping man who worked his way up to becoming President.

I gave it three "stars" on Goodreads, mostly by comparison with my "five star" awards of John Adams and Truman. The book is more important as a period piece than as a half-biography. It covers well the days of the wealthy setting the agenda for helping the poor and in his case helping nature. A politically incorrect read of the book is that the people who made up the Roosevelt family and other supercharged families of that era (I assume the Carnegie and Rockefeller families as well) were extraordinarily driven and intelligent. I get that they felt a sense of entitlement that in modern times could be grating at best, emblems of white privilege at worst. Still and all they were great people that built different facets of America.

The wealth and showing of that wealth was ostentatious. And yet, these people did great things. Roosevelt drank nature before, as President, seriously beefing up national forests and national parks. There were parts I had to force my way through, but I will continue to read and absorb McCullough books. ( )
  JBGUSA | Jan 2, 2023 |
Wonderful biography of Theodore Roosevelt. I now intend to read most of McCullough's books. ( )
  kslade | Dec 8, 2022 |
t was OK, loved the reader (Edward Herman) as well as the author (McCullough). TR is a damn fine topic too, this just didn't quite do it completely for me. ( )
  Schneider | Sep 22, 2022 |
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Biography & Autobiography. History. Nonfiction. HTML:The National Book Award??winning biography that tells the story of how young Teddy Roosevelt transformed himself from a sickly boy into the vigorous man who would become a war hero and ultimately president of the United States, told by master historian David McCullough.
Mornings on Horseback is the brilliant biography of the young Theodore Roosevelt. Hailed as "a masterpiece" (John A. Gable, Newsday), it is the winner of the Los Angeles Times 1981 Book Prize for Biography and the National Book Award for Biography. Written by David McCullough, the author of Truman, this is the story of a remarkable little boy, seriously handicapped by recurrent and almost fatal asthma attacks, and his struggle to manhood: an amazing metamorphosis seen in the context of the very uncommon household in which he was raised.

The father is the first Theodore Roosevelt, a figure of unbounded energy, enormously attractive and selfless, a god in the eyes of his small, frail namesake. The mother, Mittie Bulloch Roosevelt, is a Southerner and a celebrated beauty, but also considerably more, which the book makes clear as never before. There are sisters Anna and Corinne, brother Elliott (who becomes the father of Eleanor Roosevelt), and the lovely, tragic Alice Lee, TR's first love. All are brought to life to make "a beautifully told story, filled with fresh detail" (The New York Times Book Review).

A book to be read on many levels, it is at once an enthralling story, a brilliant social history and a work of important scholarship which does away with several old myths and breaks entirely new ground. It is a book about life intensely lived, about family love and loyalty, about grief and courage, about "blessed" mornings on horseback beneath the wide blue skies of the Badlan

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