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Theodore Rex is the story—never fully told before—of Theodore Roosevelt’s two world-changing terms as President of the United States. A hundred years before the catastrophe of September 11, 2001, “TR” succeeded to power in the aftermath of an act of terrorism. Youngest of all our chief executives, he rallied a stricken nation with his superhuman energy, charm, and political skills. He proceeded to combat the problems of race and labor relations and trust control while making the Panama Canal possible and winning the Nobel Peace Prize. But his most historic achievement remains his creation of a national conservation policy, and his monument millions of acres of protected parks and forest. Theodore Rex ends with TR leaving office, still only fifty years old, his future reputation secure as one of our greatest presidents.
reached his companion’s sternum—Roosevelt saw at once that he was a shrewd and aggressive personality. The globular head bulged with intelligence, and the eyes—“duellist’s eyes”—were as chill as glass. Most people were overawed when they entered the Executive Office for the first time, but Bunau-Varilla was calm. Roosevelt felt himself being sized up. He knew that there was “an underlying motive” for the visit, which would not be stated directly. Loomis introduced Bunau-Varilla as the new
them that Theodore Roosevelt was “not safe”: He is not safe for the men who wish to prosecute selfish schemes for the public’s detriment. He is not safe for the men who wish the Government conducted with greater reference to campaign contributions than to the public good. [Applause] He is not safe for the men who wish to drag the President of the United States into a corner and make whispered arrangements.… I say that he has been, during these years since President McKinley’s death, the greatest
in the south Mediterranean theater, was happy to leave American peacemaking efforts to others—specifically, to a delegation of professional diplomats headed by Henry White, now United States Ambassador to Italy. “I want to keep out of it if I possibly can.” The stakes at the conference table were much less fraught than they had been six months before, since the Kaiser had been unable to secure an alliance against France with his war-weary cousin, Nicholas II. In a sense, Wilhelm had already won
Papers AS Albert Shaw Papers, Manuscript Division, New York Public Library (NYPL) BTW Booker T. Washington Papers CS Carl Schurz Papers CSR Cecil Spring Rice Papers, Churchill College, Cambridge, U.K. EMH Edwin M. Hood Papers ER Elihu Root Papers ERD Ethel Roosevelt Derby Papers, privately held (now in TRC, below) ES Emily Stewart Papers EWC Edward W. Carmack Papers, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tenn. FBJ Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection FBL Francis B. Loomis
of Alice Sturm. 25.2 Roosevelt in his Sagamore Hill study, September 1905. 26.1 Theodore Roosevelt in mid-sentence. 27.1 The President’s favorite photograph of Edith Kermit Roosevelt. Author’s Collection. 27.2 Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Longworth, ca. 1906. Collection of Alice Sturm. 27.3 Roosevelt mounting a steam shovel, Panama Canal Zone, November 1906. 28.1 Speaker Joseph Cannon, ca. 1907. 29.1 Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot on the Mississippi River, October 1907. 30.1 Roosevelt (invisible)