Edmund Morris on Colonel Roosevelt

Friday, December 17, 2010

Edmund Morris discusses the final book of his trilogy on Theodore Roosevelt, which recounts the last decade of perhaps one of the most fascinating individuals in American history. Colonel Roosevelt recounts his personal life as well as his political life, covering Roosevelt’s safari in East Africa, his nature writing, his famous “New Nationalism” speech, and his role as the guiding spirit of the Progressive movement.


Edmund Morris

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Edmund Morris deserves the credit for having rescued Theodore Roosevelt from near oblivion.
Nobody may now ignore TR. Against the backdrop of the work of Edmund Morris, much scholarly work has been done. I have read both prior Morris volumes about TR; I own, but have not yet read, "Colonel Roosevelt".

"A great democracy has got to be progressive, or it will soon cease to be either great or a democracy," TR said. It seems to me that TR wrote the blueprint for the "American Century". In the course of that American Century, America reached the height of its political, economic, and moral power. Unprecedented volumes of wealth were generated and spread broadly among broad segments of the population.

Now, with the 'new normality, national wealth is increasingly concentrated in ever fewer hands, while the broad middle classes, born in the American Century, wither away - with resulting mountains of public and private debt. The nation pursues costly military campaigns with dubious results, while new powers that be on the global stage seek to decide who should, and should not, receive international awards - a harbinger of things to come.

National leaders and pundits are either aloof and clueless or eagerly pursuing agendas creating ever greater inequities of wealth.

As we face a new century of uncertainty, I hope that the voice of Colonel Roosevelt will once again be heard. Edmund Morris has provided the backdrop and stage. I am confident that I will enjoy his new book exactly as I enjoyed his first two books.

Long live the spirit of the Bull Moose!

Dec. 19 2010 10:42 AM
ron from FLUSHING

this trilogy was presumed to have been written by a female author named O' Toole.

Dec. 17 2010 08:30 PM
Ben Affleck from Hollywood


Never read the book - it may indeed be awful- but I'm sure it's written better than your post! But not as well written as Good Will Hunting, I would suspect...

Dec. 17 2010 03:14 PM
john from office

His novel on Reagan was unreadable. It was told from is point of view and a participant in Reagan's life. Awful.

Dec. 17 2010 12:36 PM

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