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Subject: A Good Biography about Theodore Roosevelt Needed
Date Posted: 10/6/2007 12:01 AM ET
Member Since: 3/10/2007
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A couple of years ago I read "The Alienist" by Caleb Carr and became intrigued with Theodore Roosevelt but could never find a good biography about him.  I lost the intrigue for a while because I was pregnant with baby # 2 but it has now resurfaced. 

What I am looking for is a good biography that ie comprehensive and not BORING.  I don't really like biographies very much and would like to find something very well written that will not make me put the book down and RUN!

Thanks for any and all suggestions!

Heather

Date Posted: 10/6/2007 1:42 PM ET
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If you need this biography for a school project for a child, these are really fun biographies! ~Teddy Roosevelt Young Rough Rider in the Childhood of Famous American Series

Date Posted: 10/6/2007 1:59 PM ET
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Edmund Morris has written two biographies of Teddy Roosevelt - The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt and Theodore Rex.  I can't vouch for them myself, but my mother read Thedore Rex and loved it - it got her started on a Teddy R obsession.

Date Posted: 10/6/2007 9:55 PM ET
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I've always been fascinated with Teddy-he was a "larger-than-life" character. I can vouch for both the Edmund Morris books. I enjoyed them very much and didn't find them the least bit "dry".

If you really want to get a sense of the man and what shaped him in his youth, read "Mornings On Horseback" by David McCullogh. Then read "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt" and its' sequel, "Theodore Rex".

Date Posted: 10/6/2007 11:39 PM ET
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Thanks everyone for some great starting points!  I'm ready to head out to the library/book store and start reading!!

 

Heather

Date Posted: 10/11/2007 9:11 PM ET
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I'll second  "Mornings on Horseback" by David McCullogh, it kept my interest.