T.R. is represented here as ""the first executive after Lincoln to lay claim to attention as a major figure in the mythos of office and as an important shaper of national policy."" The ""overgrown personality"" of Roosevelt emerges in discussion of roots and influences--his decision, because of frailty, for the strenuous life, Darwinism, class; of Roosevelt in relation to the populace (""He despised the rich, but he feared the mob"" and his life was the dream of every typical American boy). Roosevelt as man and president, as Republican and Progressive, and conservative (Hofstadter's article, ""The Conservative as Progressive"") is explored and exposited by John M. Blum, William Allen White, Stuart P. Sherman, Dixon Wecter, Hamilton Basso, et al. Their contributions serve to consolidate an image, fill out a portrait.