COLONEL THEODORE ROOSEVELT by David A. Adler

COLONEL THEODORE ROOSEVELT

Age Range: 10 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

An absorbing portrait of an iconic president known as much for his adventurous nature as his robust political life.

Presidential biographies present a challenge in that many of the facts are familiar, and Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, was such a colorful character that he continues to be an attractive subject for young readers. As indicated by his title, acclaimed biographer Adler focuses on Roosevelt the adventurer, documenting how a determined Roosevelt grew from a sickly, bookish child to an energetic young man devoted to politics. His exploits in the wild and as a Rough Rider share page space with his personal challenges and stories of his lively family. Adler does not shy away from the less-attractive aspects of Roosevelt’s presidency. Much has been made of his dinner with the African-American leader Booker T. Washington. “But he did not support easier access for blacks to the voting booth. He did not appoint a great number of blacks to federal jobs. And in 1906 he seemed to cross the line and support unequal treatment of blacks” with the Brownsville Affair. In addition to an engaging narrative, this volume is replete with illustrations: photographs, political cartoons of the period, even drawings done by Roosevelt himself. Adler’s research is supported by a detailed timeline, source notes, bibliography, picture credits and index.

A valuable addition to the presidential-biography shelf. (Biography. 10-14)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-8234-2950-9
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2014




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