Forging a President
"There are few sensations I prefer to that of galloping over these rolling limitless prairies, with rifle in hand, or winding my way among the barren, fantastic and grimly picturesque deserts of the so-called Bad Lands." —Theodore RooseveltHe was born a city boy in Manhattan; but it wasn't until he lived as a cattle rancher and deputy sheriff in the wild country of the Dakota Territory that Theodore Roosevelt became the man who would be president. "I have always said I would not have been president had it not been for my experience in North Dakota," Roosevelt later wrote. It was in the "grim fairyland" of the Bad Lands that Roosevelt became acquainted with the ways of cowboys, Native Americans, trappers, thieves, and wild creatures--and it was there that his spirit was forged and tested.In Forging a President, author William Hazelgrove uses Roosevelt's own reflections to immerse readers in the formative seasons that America's twenty-sixth president spent in "the broken country" of the Wild West.

Forging a President Details

TitleForging a President
Author
FormatHardcover
ReleaseMay 1st, 2017
PublisherRegnery History
ISBN1621574768
ISBN-139781621574767
Number of pages352 pages
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Biography

Forging a President Review

  • Diane Stevens
    May 27, 2017
    Another absorbing, engagingly-written historical account, this one involving our 25th U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, by William Elliott Hazelgrove --- an author I have come to count on for creatively written and well researched biographic details. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book - Forging a President: How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosevelt because it is filled with events that are retold from a reader's viewpoint - within the framework of engrossing anecdotes, verifiable quotations Another absorbing, engagingly-written historical account, this one involving our 25th U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, by William Elliott Hazelgrove --- an author I have come to count on for creatively written and well researched biographic details. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book - Forging a President: How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosevelt because it is filled with events that are retold from a reader's viewpoint - within the framework of engrossing anecdotes, verifiable quotations and the vantage point of hindsight analysis. It is the tale of how a scrawny, asthmatic grief-stricken “dude” from the east went west into the Dakota badlands and remade himself into the virile, energetic legendary hunter, frontiersman and cattle rancher following the sudden deaths of his mother, his first wife Alice, and the subsequent collapse of his political career. Traits molded in the closing years of America's “wild west” served TR well when – as “that cowboy president” - he became a strike negotiator, trust buster, national park conservationist, Rough Rider, Nobel Prize winner, and inaugurator of the Panama Canal.Hazelgrove is a fantastic writer of creative non-fiction, particularly biography, and this book is about a very remarkable man. Be sure to put it on your reading list.Thanks to the author for the complimentary electronic review copy!
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  • Nose Knows
    May 25, 2017
    Teddy was an a-hole.
  • Gayle Pace
    April 23, 2017
    MY THOUGHTS Circumstances can change a person for the good or the bad. This is what happened to Teddy Roosevelt. After the deaths of both his wife and mothers on the same day, Teddy Roosevelt set off for the Dakota Territory even though he was a sick young man, devastated by the deaths of his loved ones. This journey is what changed this sick man into one of the world's greatest men. He spent three years there. He got there right before 1890. That is when the West was officially declared closed. MY THOUGHTS Circumstances can change a person for the good or the bad. This is what happened to Teddy Roosevelt. After the deaths of both his wife and mothers on the same day, Teddy Roosevelt set off for the Dakota Territory even though he was a sick young man, devastated by the deaths of his loved ones. This journey is what changed this sick man into one of the world's greatest men. He spent three years there. He got there right before 1890. That is when the West was officially declared closed. After those three years he returned and was healthy, strong and strong willed, with determination that no one could stop. He went in search of peace, strength and the ability to go one and that he found and much more.The author instills in the reader a picture of Teddy Roosevelt arriving out West, a down and out man and as time went on he grew strong. The details of the scenery and the characters puts in the reader's mind exactly how it was, as though you are there with Mr. Roosevelt as he traveled the Badlands. He had to gain strength to survive those circumstances. This man changed completely from a New York boy, knowing only city life to being in the Dakota Territory wilds as a rancher and also as a deputy. Quite a change! He got to know entirely different kinds of people anywhere from Indians, cowboys, thieves, good people and even the wild animals. This wasn't a place for a sick, down and out man but when he spent three years in the Badlands, he was a changed man. Teddy Roosevelt survived and went on the become our 26th President. He was a powerful man. It took strength and will power to overcome the heart break he endured. He overcame and became one of the strongest men to survive the West. This is what made Teddy Roosevelt, the President of the United States.I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily decided to review it.
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