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Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Faimly, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt
Exact title of book
Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Faimly, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt
Book author
David McCullough
ISBN
9780816133321
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Published
Jun 28, 1981
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
667
File size (in PDF)
6003 kB

Some brief overview of book

Winner of the 1982 National Book Award for Biography, Mornings on Horseback is the brilliant biography of the young Theodore Roosevelt. Hailed as a masterpiece by Newsday, it also won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography. Now with a new introduction by the author.

Mornings on Horseback is about the world of the young Theodore Roosevelt. It is the story of a remarkable little boy, seriously handicapped by recurrent and nearly fatal attacks of asthma, and his struggle to manhood an amazing metamorphosis seen in the context of the very uncommon household (and rarefied social world) in which he was raised. His father is the first Theodore Roosevelt, Greatheart, a figure of unbounded energy, enormously attractive and selfless, a god in the eyes of his small, frail namesake.

His mother, Mittie Bulloch Roosevelt, is a Southerner and celebrated beauty, but also considerably more, which the book makes clear as never before. There are sisters Anna and Corinne, brother Elliott (who becomes the father of Eleanor Roosevelt), and the lovely, tragic Alice Lee, Teddy Roosevelts first love. And while such disparate figures as Abraham Lincoln, Mrs. John Jacob Astor, and Senator Roscoe Conkling play a part, it is this diverse and intensely human assemblage of Roosevelts, all brought to vivid life, which gives the book its remarkable power.

The book spans seventeen years from 1869 when little Teedie is ten, to 1886 when, as a hardened real life cowboy, he returns from the West to pick up the pieces of a shattered life and begin anew, a grown man, whole in body and spirit. The story does for Teddy Roosevelt what Sunrise at Campobello did for FDR reveals the inner man through his battle against dreadful odds. Like David McCulloughs The Great Bridge, also set in New York, this is at once an enthralling story, with all the elements of a great novel, and a penetrating character study.

It is brilliant social history and a work of important scholarship, which does away with several old myths and breaks entirely new ground. For the first time, for example, Roosevelts asthma is examined closely, drawing on information gleaned from private Roosevelt family papers and in light of present-day knowledge of the disease and its psychosomatic aspects. At heart it is a book about life intensely lived... about family love and family loyalty... about courtship and childbirth and death, fathers and sons... about winter on the Nile in the grand manner and Harvard College... about gutter politics in washrooms and the tumultuous Republican Convention of 1884... about grizzly bears, grief and courage, and blessed mornings on horseback at Oyster Bay or beneath the limitless skies of the Badlands.

Black care rarely sits behind a rider whose pace is fast enough, Roosevelt once wrote. It is the key to his life and to much that is so memorable in this magnificent book.

About book author

McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback. His other acclaimed books are 1776, Brave Companions, The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, and The Greater Journey. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nations highest civilian award.

Biography Critics have called David McCullough Ame an amazing metamorphosis seen in the context of the very uncommon household (and rarefied social world) in which he was raised. His father is the first Theodore Roosevelt, Greatheart, a figure of unbounded energy, enormously attractive and selfless, a god in the eyes of his small, frail namesake. His mother, Mittie Bulloch Roosevelt, is a Southerner and celebrated beauty, but also considerably more, which the book makes clear as never before.

There are sisters Anna and Corinne, brother Elliott (who becomes the father of Eleanor Roosevelt), and the lovely, tragic Alice Lee, Teddy Roosevelts first love. And while such disparate figures as Abraham Lincoln, Mrs. John Jacob Astor, and Senator Roscoe Conkling play a part, it is this diverse and intensely human assemblage of Roosevelts, all brought to vivid life, which gives the book its remarkable power. The book spans seventeen years from 1869 when little Teedie is ten, to 1886 when, as a hardened real life cowboy, he returns from the West to pick up the pieces of a shattered life and begin anew, a grown man, whole in body and spirit.

The story does for Teddy Roosevelt what Sunrise at Campobello did for FDR reveals the inner man through his battle against dreadful odds. Like David McCulloughs The Great Bridge, also set in New York, this is at once an enthralling story, with all the elements of a great novel, and a penetrating character study. It is brilliant social history and a work of important scholarship, which does away with several old myths and breaks entirely new ground.

For the first time, for example, Roosevelts asthma is examined closely, drawing on information gleaned from private Roosevelt family papers and in light of present-day knowledge of the disease and its psychosomatic aspects. At heart it is a book about life intensely lived... about family love and family loyalty... about courtship and childbirth and death, fathers and sons... about winter on the Nile in the grand manner and Harvard College... about gutter politics in washrooms and the tumultuous Republican Convention of 1884... about grizzly bears, grief and courage, and blessed mornings on horseback at Oyster Bay or beneath the limitless skies of the Badlands. Black care rarely sits behind a rider whose pace is fast enough, Roosevelt once wrote.

It is the key to his life and to much that is so memorable in this magnificent book.

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