Report repeated from p. 224, March 15, 1954, issue of the Bulletin on account of date change and choice as Book-of-the-Month...

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THE ROOSEVELT FAMILY OF SAGAMORE HILL

Report repeated from p. 224, March 15, 1954, issue of the Bulletin on account of date change and choice as Book-of-the-Month selection for August: 'A staunch and genial portrait of Theodore Roosevelt, his wife -- Edith, and their five children along with Alice-daughter of his first marriage, follows not only the strenuous course of his public life but concentrates on the cheerful, crowded family activities at Sagamore Hill. Here, the vigorous and vociferous Roosevelt was to be complemented by the sedate and self-effacing Edith, and together they shared in the pride and pleasure that Ted, Kermit, Ethel, Archie and Quentin were to give them through the years. Roosevelt's sudden political rise, from Rough Rider to Governor to Vice-President to President, the reversal and rejection by his party (""not because he failed to see the issues but saw them too clearly""); his stormy criticisms of the ""spineless neutrality"" of the administration; and finally the war -- which took his four boys overseas and exacerbated his feeling of uselessness -- all lead toward the heartbreak of Quentin's death which he did not long survive... Mr. Hagedorn is thoroughly seduced by his subject and brings to it an air of open admiration -- as well as an amplitude of domestic detail and personal interchange. The publishers will promote this and the opening of Sagamore Hill as a national ""shrine"" may have helped to revive interest"".

Pub Date: Aug. 16, 1954

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Macmillan

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1954