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UP CLOSE: THEODORE ROOSEVELT by Michael L. Cooper Kirkus Star


by Michael L. Cooper

Age Range: 11 & up

Pub Date: July 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-670-01134-6
Publisher: Viking

In a superb biography both personal and opinionated, Cooper calls Theodore Roosevelt “the hero America needed.” At the beginning of the 20th century, the United States was becoming a nation of big cities and huge corporations, and the major issue Roosevelt faced will sound familiar to readers today—the role of a strong federal government in dealing with the “unrestricted and ill-regulated individualism” of banks and corporations and ensuring a vital economy and social justice at the same time. Written with a vigor and enthusiasm to match the subject, the volume is well-researched and documented, incorporating many direct quotations to make Roosevelt accessible and knowable. Not just a “road to the White House” biography, this is a look at the full life and times of the 26th president, his family, his enthusiasms and losses and the significance of his presidency. Readers will absorb much about history and politics as they learn the story behind the face on Mount Rushmore. Another strong entry in the fine Up Close series. (Biography. 11 & up)