Theodore Roosevelt (1857-1919) was the most literary of American Presidents, writing scores of books, including Through the Brazilian Wilderness and African Game Trails. He was also the most active of American writers. In little more than six decades, Roosevelt was, among many of his activities, a rancher, historian, reformer, New York City Police Commissioner, renowned hunter, New York State Governor, conservationist, Vice President of the United States, and 26th President of the United States. What is less known is that Roosevelt was also one of the great epistolary writers, penning more than 100,000 letters. This collection brings together over 1,000 of Roosevelt's most engaging and revealing letters, ones that fully illuminate the private man and the public figure.
H. W. Brands is Dickson, Allen, Anderson Centennial Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author many books, including Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times, Lone Star Nation: The Epic Story of the Battle for Texas Independence, and T.R.: The Last Romantic. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Introduction Chapter 1: Blessed Youth, 1858-1881 Chapter 2: Making His Way, 1881-1889 Chapter 3: Public Servant, 1889-1898 Chapter 4: Hero, 1898-1901 Chapter 5: President, 1901-1909 Chapter 6: The Most Famous Man in the World, 1909-1919