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Selected Speeches and Writings of Theodore Roosevelt

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Selected Speeches and Writings of Theodore Roosevelt by Theodore Roosevelt
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Apr 22, 2014 | ISBN 9780345806116

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“They don’t make them like TR anymore. This is just as well; one was plenty. But such a one he was! Even today he leaps off the page, grabs the reader by the shoulders and makes him want to mount a horse, climb a peak, or battle the enemies of the public weal. Bully indeed!”  —H. W. Brands, author of The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace
“An eclectic collection from the highly literate and scholarly president of the United States. Editor Hutner had a difficult task: selecting representative samples from among the mountains of Roosevelt’s publications. Some selections are unsurprising . . . but there are also some welcome surprises. . . . Intriguing pieces, unobtrusively and skillfully edited, that form both a time and a timeless capsule.”  —Kirkus Review
“Although Theodore Roosevelt is most often remembered as a man of action—whether in the White House, on the African savannah or through the Amazon rainforest—what he was first and foremost, and throughout his life, was a man of letters. Roosevelt was not only astonishingly prolific, he was thoughtful, thorough and incredibly eloquent. For this book, Gordon Hutner has carefully chosen not just Roosevelt’s best known work, but his most powerful and stirring writings. It is a striking glimpse into an extraordinary mind, and an absolutely fascinating, endlessly entertaining read.” —Candice Millard, author of The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey
“See Theodore Roosevelt afresh by reading this fascinating collection of newly uncovered essays combined with his historic political and literary preachments. TR defends the reason why nationalism stands behind his brand of conservation of nature and his defense of the welfare state, and he breathes literary fire against the Fourteen Points as well as political reactionaries. A bully read!” —Kathleen Dalton, author of Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life

“Drawing on his expertise in the politics and culture of the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era and his legendary editorial skills, Gordon Hutner has managed to capture the complexity, creativity, contrariness and combativeness of Theodore Roosevelt, one of our nation’s most important politicians and men of letters.”  —Glenn Altschuler, Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies, Cornell University
“TR is back and timely. Many of his early twentieth century issues are, in new dress, those of our own early twenty-first century. This collection captures the intellectually omnivorous Roosevelt’s always readable major public writings, making them available to students and the general public.”  —Thomas Bender, University Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History, New York University
“Headstrong and articulate, Theodore Roosevelt rarely wandered into the gray areas of indecision and self-doubt, let alone pacificsm.  His own uncle said TR would rather bang his head against a stone wall than change direction. TR’s prose, in these aptly-selected passages, reflects the man: blunt despite a Harvard vocabulary, and brimful of a broadly inclusive vision of American optimism despite growing up so wealthy. Throughout his life, Roosevelt carried a soapbox in his back pocket.”  —Richard Zacks, author of Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York

Table Of Contents

Theodore Roosevelt: The Man in the Arena as Man of Letters

The American Boy
The Strenuous Life
“Professionalism” in Sports
At the Dedication Ceremonies of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis
National Unity versus Class Cleavage
The Parasite Woman; the Only Indispensable Citizen
The American Negro and the War

The Control of Corporations
“The Colonial Policy of the United States” from African and European Addresses
The New Nationalism
National Preparedness—Military—Industrial—Social
League of Nations

The Enforcement of the Law
At Laying of Cornerstone of Gateway to Yellowstone National Park, Gardiner, Montana
Natural Resources—Their Wise Use or Their Waste
How I Became a Progressive
The Case Against the Reactionaries
The Leader and the Cause

Hunting the Grisly
“A Chilean Rondeo” from A Book-Lover’s Holiday in the Open

“The Struggle with the Nullifi ers” from Thomas Hart Benton
“Minister to France” from Gouverneur Morris

“Champlain” from The Naval War of 1812
“The Spread of the English-Speaking Peoples” from The Winning of the West
“The Cavalry at Santiago” (The Battle of San Juan Hill) from The Rough Riders

History as Literature
An Introduction to American Literature
Nationalism in Literature and Art


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