Theodore Roosevelt (18581919) was America's most published president with an incredible output of writing including forty books, over a thousand articles, and countless speeches and letters.
Collected here in one volume are examples of Roosevelts voluminous writings over a dazzling array of topics. Organized by general categories, readers can sample writings on subjects as varied as the environment, the danger of professional sports; the famous charge of San Juan Hill, and Roosevelts passion for literary criticism. From addresses and presidential messages on public policy and national ideals, to biography, to travel writing, to ecological concerns, to writings on hunting, to international politics and history, Roosevelts talents and achievements as a writer went far beyond what we now expect of our public leaders.
Roosevelts legacy as one of the first progressive American politicians, his concerns about environmentalism, his internationalism, and his unflinching belief in the American character and destiny uncannily speak to the issues of our own day and can be found in the pages of this representative and judicious anthology of his work.
Theodore Roosevelt was born on October 27, 1858, and became the twenty-sixth president of the United States. He was a naturalist, writer, historian, and soldier. He died in 1919.
Gordon Hutner, editor, is professor of English at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He founded in 1989 and is the editor of the journal American Literary History, and is considered "one of the most influential editors of his generation." He is the author of What America Read: Taste, Class, and the Novel, 19201960. He also edited the volume Immigrant Voices: Twenty-Four Narratives on Becoming an American and American Literature, American Culture.
"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 Roosevelts 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. TRs 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