“T.R.: The Last Romantic” is H.W. Brands’s 1997 biography of Theodore Roosevelt. Brands is a professor at the University of Texas, a prolific author and a two-time Pulitzer finalist. He has written nearly thirty books on a wide range of historical topics including biographies of Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, Aaron Burr and FDR. His most recent biography “Reagan: A Life” will be released in May.
Brands’s biography is lengthy (with just over 800 pages) but also comprehensive, well-researched and detailed. His writing style, always straightforward and exceptionally readable, lacks the descriptive touches of many authors. As a result, this book does not engage the reader with spectacular scene-setting as do some biographies, and rarely presents the world as seen through Roosevelt’s eyes.
But Brands maintains a keen, insightful and penetrating frame of reference and provides a comparatively serious and sophisticated journey through Roosevelt’s life. Brands also…
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