The Cowboy President: The American West and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt

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Teddy Roosevelt’s time in the executive office certainly had many notable happenings — the plethora of children and animals that came as part of the package, setting the Panama Canal in motion, his sense of fairness and progressive thinking, and perhaps most of all, his dedication to conservation of wildlife and the wild places for future generations. But what shaped this man, the youngest to take the office? Author Michael F. Blake writes beautifully of a time in Roosevelt’s life largely ignored in the multitude of other biographies written about him. Roosevelt spent some years in the Dakotas, truly part of the Wild West in the late 1800s. He lost both his wife and mother on the same day, which prompted his move. He built a ranch and lived a cowboy life before returning to New York. But this time in the West changed and strengthened him, giving him what he needed to become an extremely effective public servant in a series of offices leading to his presidency. It is this time that Blake, through great research, so carefully and clearly exposes for readers. He reveals new dimensions to not only Roosevelt but the West at that time.

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Author Michael F. Blake
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 320 pages
Publisher TwoDot
Publish Date 2018-Mar-01
ISBN 9781493030712
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Issue April 2018
Category History


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