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Barbara reviewed Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt on + 1131 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This book, first of all, is very even-handed. McCullough obviously respects TR, but has researched hundreds of letters, diaries, and newspaper accounts in an attempt to present a fair portrayal. While that could have resulted in a boring recitation of facts and family details, it instead becomes a fascinating look at at a famous family and their prominent role in history. Just the number of people--politicians, scientists, artists, writers--that the family knew is amazing. There is very little about Roosevelt's presidency, since the book ends quite early in his political career, but it's a remarkable look at the times and the man. Recommended.
I learned alot about TR's childhood, particularly how his asthma shaped his character through his family's treatment of him due to it. It was a well-written, well-researched enjoyable read about a very lively, interesting man who had a big impact whatever his role.
Alice B. reviewed Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt on + 2513 more book reviews
This is the best biography I have read of Theodore Roosevelt. It covers from his birth to about age 26 years old. It also covers his first marriage to the beautiful and vivacious Alice Hathaway Lee which is often glossed over.They were married for 4 years and she died in giving birth to their daughter Alice. When Theodore was 20 his wonderful father
died. At 24 years old, on February 14, 1884, his wife Alice and his mother died on the same day. It speaks of the close relationship of his family with Franklin Roosevelts Family. This is a great book.I rate it 10+++++.
Sherry K. (100ofme) reviewed Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt on + 3 more book reviews
I did not like this book at all. I couldn't even get through the second chapter. The auther was talking about so many different people that for most of the first and part of the second chapter I wasn't even sure who I was reading about.