The firsthand account of the life of adventurer, scholar, war hero, and twenty-sixth president of the United States Theodore Roosevelt.
There must be the keenest sense of duty, and with it must go the joy of living.
Here, in his own words, Theodore Roosevelt recounts his remarkable journey from a childhood plagued with illnesses to the US presidency and beyond. With candor and vivid detail, this personal account describes a life guided by a restless intelligence, a love for adventure, and an unflagging duty to his country. Roosevelt sheds light on his wide array of roles, from New York police commissioner, where he waged a battle against corruption, to cattle rancher in the Dakotas to assistant secretary of the US Navy under William McKinley to leader of the legendary Rough Riders at the outbreak of the Spanish–American War, when he led the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry to victory in the Battle of San Juan Hill.
These extraordinary accomplishments earned Roosevelt national fame and set the stage for his ascent to the White House. As twenty-sixth president of the United States, he ushered in the Progressive Era with his domestic policies, such as the Square Deal, and trust-busting of monopolies, such as Standard Oil. He was a war hero, scholar, statesman, adventurer, and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography provides unique insight into the truly remarkable life of one of America’s most beloved presidents.
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About the author
Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt (1858–1919) was the governor of New York before becoming the vice president of the United States. At age forty-two, Roosevelt became the youngest man to assume the US presidency after President William McKinley was assassinated in 1901. Beloved by the masses, Roosevelt fought for citizen fairness, railroad regulations, and national park conservation. In 1906, Roosevelt received the Nobel Peace Prize for his successful efforts to end the Russo-Japanese War. Besides his active career in politics, Roosevelt was an avid writer, publishing over ninety pieces in his lifetime, including Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography, TheNaval War of 1812, and Rough Riders.
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