A history by Eric Rauchway
The longer I follow you the more I learn! Thanks Greg, interesting as as usual! My MIL always went to our library’s book fair!!
“a Manhattanite who could credibly wear a cowboy hat.”
Reminds me of my favorite line from Blazing Saddles. "What's a dazzling urbanite like you doing in a rustic setting like this?"
I want credit for reading this. Pass fail.
Brilliant. Thank you. The quote from Rauchway is also brilliant, making this a must-read book for me. It’s always fun, especially early on a Sunday morning, to have your mind expanded. TR, by the way, was not only all you say but was also the most efficient chief executive we’ve ever had. He set himself a strict limit of four hours a day in the office. The rest of the time he was boxing (great cardio!), or riding horses or something. Boundless energy. There’s a wax figure of him in the Smithsonian that captures some of his defiance, which I wish I could upload here. On a different note G: how was “The Dawn of Everything”?
Greg you continue to impress! Another great Sunday morning read. I can’t imagine how many people knew who the assassin was, or how TR and he shared similar thoughts.
Happy experience of the book fair, and I will vouch for "Dispatches" which was once a lucky used store find to me
I dreamt of a Sunday of Bukowski poems and got got reminded of the rough riding (in the night) Elephant Assassin, T.R.
I hold him reponsible for the disastrous Flood irrigation of the Great Sonoran Desert.
Speaking of Roosevelts. You easterners might recall a possible cousin, Joseph Lash.
He was tight with Eleanor.
Two other great books about TR: The Bully Pulpit (Doris Kearns Goodwin) and River of Doubt (Candice Millard). The latter is about TR's adventures in the Amazon after he lost the race to which you refer, and it's incredible how much stamina he had.
Thanks so much for this first of hopefully many more reviews of your “finds”. I will definitely read this, more for the TR stuff than McKinley. Ha! Poor McKinley will never get the respect he may deserve. Last TR piece I read was Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Bully Pulpit. Came away loving Taft and less in love with Teddy.
I think most of us never heard of this guy Czolgosz, likely due to "an unpronounceable name chockablock with consonants".
You'll like "Theodore Rex." I found my copy the same way you did. "Hunting books like Seal Team Six,"yeah that describes me. When I found the 1933 Aeroplane Book Club edition of James McCudden's "Flying Fury" (he was a World War I British flying ace, and the the book is considered rare - it's reputation is that it was one of the best first-person memoirs from one of those guys) in good shape and only $3, I almost fainted for joy. We haven't had a book sale since March 2020. Used to have them quarterly. I hope they return.
That 1912 speech from which you quote says everything. Are we going to stay a country where some feast and others starve? It's remarkable, the number of lessons in living that must be learned over and over again.
Interesting collection of books! And interesting facts about Teddy Roosevelt. I’d be curious to hear about your analysis/opinions of “The Cathars”.
"I'm with the Band" is an excellent snapshot of the music world in LA during the 60's and 70's. I grew up in Hollywood during that time and I learn so much about the world that was all around me that I didn't know at the time.
Hope to see a Sunday Pages devoted to it!