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The golden lad : the haunting story of Quentin and Theodore Roosevelt

Author: Eric Burns
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : ThorndikePress, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016. ©2016
Series: Thorndike Press large print biographies and memoirs.
Edition/Format:   book_largeprint : Biography : English : Large print editionView all editions and formats
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More than a century has passed since Theodore Roosevelt was in the White House, but he still continues to fascinate. Never has a more exuberant man been our nation's leader. He became a war hero, reformed the NYPD, busted the largest railroad and oil trusts, passed the Pure Food and Drug Act, created national parks and forests, won the Nobel Peace Prize, and built the Panama Canal -- to name just a few. Yet it was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Large type books
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Quentin Roosevelt; Theodore Roosevelt; Theodore Roosevelt; Quentin Roosevelt; Theodore Roosevelt
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Burns
ISBN: 9781410490056 141049005X
OCLC Number: 936433302
Description: 379 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Preface: The grand dream of a little boy --
The beginning of the story --
The heart of the story --
The soul of the story --
The end of the story --
Epilogue: The lion departs.
Series Title: Thorndike Press large print biographies and memoirs.
Responsibility: Eric Burns.

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More than a century has passed since Theodore Roosevelt was in the White House, but he still continues to fascinate. Never has a more exuberant man been our nation's leader. He became a war hero, reformed the NYPD, busted the largest railroad and oil trusts, passed the Pure Food and Drug Act, created national parks and forests, won the Nobel Peace Prize, and built the Panama Canal -- to name just a few. Yet it was the cause he championed the hardest -- America's entry in to WWI -- that would ultimately divide and destroy him. His youngest son, Quentin, his favorite, would die in an air fight. How does looking at Theodore's relationship with his son, and understanding him as a father, tell us something new about this larger-than-life-man? Does it reveal a more human side? A more hypocritical side? Or simply, if tragically, a nature so surprisingly sensitive, despite the bluster, that he would die of a broken heart? Roosevelt's own history of boyhood illnesses made him so aware of was like to be a child in pain, that he could not bear the thought of his own children suffering. The Roosevelts were a family of pillow-fights, pranks, and "scary bear." And it was the baby, Quentin -- the frailest -- who worried his father the most. Yet in the end, it was he who would display, in his brief life, the most intellect and courage of all.

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