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Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Faimly, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt Kindle Edition
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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 Badlands.
Detroit News This is a marvelous chronicle of manners and morals, love and duty, and as captivating as anything you will find between book covers in a long while.
John Leonard The New York Times We have no better social historian.
- ASIN : B000SEJ8FG
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (May 31, 2007)
- Publication date : May 31, 2007
- Language : English
- File size : 23663 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 449 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #50,136 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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David McCullough presents a biography on the Roosevelt family and explains how the family was brought up, how they interacted with each other, and how much they loved each other. Granted, Theodore plays a big part in the book, it really is more an analysis about the development of character and virtues that came to define one’s life than it is a linear biography.
This would probably be the ideal book to read before tackling a more traditional biography on Roosevelt. I found McCullough, as always, to be rich with detail, candid, and depicting the Roosevelt clan in an engaging manner. My only critique is the chapter that describes Theodore’s experience in the badlands as I felt it was rather slow. Also, it would’ve been nice if McCullough detailed Theodore’s relationship was Frederic Remington better, but overall this is a must read for anyone looking to begin reading about Theodore Roosevelt