Born to a successful family, a strict code of duty and honor was instilled in Teddy from his earliest years. Teddy was not a strong boy – he suffered from asthma which made physical exertion exhausting and even dangerous. But he challenged himself to overcome his weakness and, along with his slowly hardening body, developed a will of steel.
Teddy was captured by thoughts of exotic adventures and faraway lands. He developed a taste for naturalism and studied animals, plants, and the outdoors. As his physical conditioning improved, he poured his enthusiasm into swimming, hiking, and riding. His early adult life was varied as he spent time in law school, riding as a cattleman in the Dakota Territory, commanding the Rough Riders and furthering his political career. Eventually, he was elected Vice President of the United States and, when President McKinley was assassinated, he became the youngest man to ever be our nation’s president.
Teddy’s love for and respect of his parents and family name is discussed, as well as the Roosevelt’s terse ethical system.
The divided loyalties within the Roosevelt’s home during the War Between the States is mentioned. (Mrs. Roosevelt supported her Confederate brothers by sending them clothes, despite the fact that her husband was a Unionist.)
Conclusion. From the same series as Andrew Jackson and James Monroe, Teddy Roosevelt is a good introductory read.
Review © 2014 Laura Verret