The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
(1979) is a Pulitzer Prize
winning biography of President Theodore Roosevelt
by Edmund Morris
. It is the first in a trilogy, with the second volume Theodore Rex
published in 2001 and the third volume Colonel Roosevelt
in late 2010.The Rise
covers the time period from Roosevelt's birth through his ascendancy to the Presidency.The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
, ISBN 0-375-75678-7 (paperback). It includes the Roosevelt family history starting with his parents influence, his turbulent childhood illnesses, education, involvement in politics and accomplishments in politics that prepared him to be one of the most influential presidents of the modern era. Specific topics include the philosophy of Theodore's father, mother, and his family. His passion for learning despite severe illness is well documented. Morris reports that TR probably read the equivalent of one book per day during his life.
Morris examines his life as a young politician driven by a sense of public duty and stewardship, and captures multiple aspects of the events that shaped the character and performance of TR. The book provides insight into the world of influence from a master of corporate power vs. leaders who practice personal power.
Topics include: Early childhood, education and hobbies, travels in Europe and Africa, New York legislature, frontier life, civil service commissioner, New York police commissioner, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, the Rough Riders... Read More