THEODORE ROOSEVELT'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES: His Own Words, Selected and Arranged by Daniel Ruddy is an assemblage that provides readers with a unique account of American history from 1776 to 1918. Roosevelt's ideas about the nation's past can be found sprinkled throughout his voluminous writings, but these "pearls of thought" (as one reviewer described them in 1888) have never before been collected.
Roosevelt, the historical observer, was a hanging judge who did not hesitate to opine on the leaders and events of our nation's past. His razor-sharp opinions cut to the core, capturing the essence of obscure and prominent historic figures alike: Thomas Paine was a "filthy little atheist;" Andrew Jackson "not more than half civilized;" John Tyler "a politician of monumental littleness;" Winfield Scott "a good general, but otherwise a wholly absurd and flatulent personage;" Millard Fillmore "a pompous old non-entity;" William McKinley had "no more backbone than a chocolate eclair;" William Howard Taft a "flubdub with a streak of the common and the second rate in him."
Roosevelt was not shy about stating his opinions of his contemporaries either. He felt that Andrew Carnegie and other Robber Barons were "singularly callous" to the sufferings of ordinary people, and that William Randolph Hearst "would aspire to play the part of some of the least worthy creatures" of the French Terror. After the ill-fated Progressive Party failed to propel TR into the White House in 1912, it became "the Free Soil Party of our day," and when Woodrow Wilson refused to immediately enter World War I, Roosevelt branded him the "heir of Jefferson and Buchanan."
Captivating and insightful towards this American life, Daniel Ruddy skillfully gathered a great collection of writing to paint a clearer portrait of a man and his impressions of our nation's history. Watch Daniel on Fox News Channel: Go Here Now.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Daniel Ruddy grew up on Long Island, New York where a childhood trip to Roosevelt's home, Sagamore Hill, in Oyster Bay, triggered a lifelong interest in TR. He is a marketing consultant for Fortune 500 companies, and he holds a Master's Degree in international relations from the London School of Economics. He is an avid researcher into U.S. history and the presidency. [more...]