I received a free kindle copy of this book courtesy of Net Galley and Crown Publishing. It was with the understanding that I would write a review and post it on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon and my blog. I also placed the review on my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.
I requested this book as I am interested in the lives of the presidents of the United States and their contributions to our country. This is the first book by Darrin Lunde that I have read.
This book is well written and engaging making it a quick read. Lunde uses several written passages by Roosevelt that he authored in books and articles that he wrote. The book focuses on Teddy’s development of as a naturalist from a young boy until the conclusion of his trip to Africa after his presidency. Included are his trips to the western United States and his forays on Long Island and the Adirondacks. What was missing was his trip to South America. What I found most interesting about the book was that the President was well versed in taxidermy having developed the skill at a young age.
Some may find the book hard to read as what was considered a naturalist at that time is very different from today and the hunting of specimens may not be of interest to everyone. The author does address this in the book, but is a bit judgmental looking at it from today’s perspective versus what was considered allowable at the time.