“Colonel Roosevelt” is the final volume in Edmund Morris’s trilogy covering the life of Theodore Roosevelt. Published in 2010, this widely anticipated volume concluded a three-decade long effort to chronicle the life of this colorful and complex man. Morris is currently working on a biography of Thomas Edison.
The volume opens with Roosevelt embarking on an African safari just weeks after leaving the White House. Morris regales his audience with tales of adventure before returning Roosevelt to America on a wave of great popularity. Disappointed with Taft’s leadership, Roosevelt soon establishes himself as a candidate for the presidency.
After his electoral loss to Woodrow Wilson (having split the Republican vote with Taft) Roosevelt embarks on a tour of the Southwest US followed by a more harrowing journey through the South American jungle. Morris vividly and energetically describes these journeys which, particularly in the case of his Amazonian trek, are quite…
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