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"Douglas Brinkley brings to this magnificent story of Theodore Roosevelt's crusade on behalf of America's national parks the same qualities that made TR so fascinating a figure—an astonishing range of knowledge, a superb narrative skill, a wonderfully vivid writing style and an inexhaustible energy."
—Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals

A vast, inspiring, and enormously entertaining book.”
New York Times Book Review

From New York Times bestselling historian Douglas Brinkley comes a sweeping historical narrative and eye-opening look at the pioneering environmental policies of President Theodore Roosevelt, avid bird-watcher, naturalist, and the founding father of America’s conservation movement—now approaching its 100th anniversary.

Topics: Presidents

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061940576
List price: $12.99
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I wonder about the people who gave this a good rating. Brinkley cannot write in any way that resembles interesting, he plays with facts to the point that you cannot trust much of anything he writes, and he is completely unable to draw any substantive conclusions from his ramblings. I would never go to hear him speak, but I've also heard that he will put you to sleep when at the lectern. A one star is generous.more
Although this book was massive, it is a great read for anyone who likes Theodore Roosevelt. Most books look at his entire life and actions, while this one focuses specifically on his conservationist and naturalist efforts. It was amazing to see how much T.R. influenced the current national park and wildlife systems and how modern his views on conservation were.more
An intense,encompassing and extremely enlightening book on Theodore Roosevelt a man of multiple talents and accomplishments.Weighing in at over 900 pages this dense volume keeps the reader intrigued through Roosevelt's boyhood fascination with ornithology and the Roosevelt Museum; his Harvard years and his relationship with his uncle Robert B. Roosevelt; his marriages and children's lives; his 'strenuous life' philosophy and western travels and explorations; his entry into politics and it's formation of his policies of conservationism and land management and sustainability. Through cabinet posts, Governorship of New York state and ultimately the White House. Theodore (don't call him Teddy!...) proved years ahead of his time in developing the system of National Parks, Forests, Monuments, Bird Reserves that has American citizenry forever in his debt. Saving almost 225 million acres of wilderness and natural treasures to be enjoyed by generations of people into eternity. A deft politician, he brought into federal service many types of experts on birds, fish, forestry, land use and conservation and other sciences of nature, giving them power to enact governmental policies and help guide America to a place at the forefront of the world's nations in wilderness preservation and governmental ecological planning for the future. One drawback of the book is it's sheer size. The material described is densely packed on the page and demands to be savored and not skimmed lightly through. This require an amount of commitment as a reader and believe me it's worth it. You'll come away with a new found sense of respect and admiration for our twenty -sixth president, a true wilderness warrior.more
This a huge book focusing on T.R.'s accomplishments in the area of conservation. It took a chunk of time to read it, but I loved every minute of it. I knew he was active in setting up wildlife refuges and national parks, but did not know he was such an avid birder. I drove my family nuts with quotes and sharing what I learned.more
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I wonder about the people who gave this a good rating. Brinkley cannot write in any way that resembles interesting, he plays with facts to the point that you cannot trust much of anything he writes, and he is completely unable to draw any substantive conclusions from his ramblings. I would never go to hear him speak, but I've also heard that he will put you to sleep when at the lectern. A one star is generous.more
Although this book was massive, it is a great read for anyone who likes Theodore Roosevelt. Most books look at his entire life and actions, while this one focuses specifically on his conservationist and naturalist efforts. It was amazing to see how much T.R. influenced the current national park and wildlife systems and how modern his views on conservation were.more
An intense,encompassing and extremely enlightening book on Theodore Roosevelt a man of multiple talents and accomplishments.Weighing in at over 900 pages this dense volume keeps the reader intrigued through Roosevelt's boyhood fascination with ornithology and the Roosevelt Museum; his Harvard years and his relationship with his uncle Robert B. Roosevelt; his marriages and children's lives; his 'strenuous life' philosophy and western travels and explorations; his entry into politics and it's formation of his policies of conservationism and land management and sustainability. Through cabinet posts, Governorship of New York state and ultimately the White House. Theodore (don't call him Teddy!...) proved years ahead of his time in developing the system of National Parks, Forests, Monuments, Bird Reserves that has American citizenry forever in his debt. Saving almost 225 million acres of wilderness and natural treasures to be enjoyed by generations of people into eternity. A deft politician, he brought into federal service many types of experts on birds, fish, forestry, land use and conservation and other sciences of nature, giving them power to enact governmental policies and help guide America to a place at the forefront of the world's nations in wilderness preservation and governmental ecological planning for the future. One drawback of the book is it's sheer size. The material described is densely packed on the page and demands to be savored and not skimmed lightly through. This require an amount of commitment as a reader and believe me it's worth it. You'll come away with a new found sense of respect and admiration for our twenty -sixth president, a true wilderness warrior.more
This a huge book focusing on T.R.'s accomplishments in the area of conservation. It took a chunk of time to read it, but I loved every minute of it. I knew he was active in setting up wildlife refuges and national parks, but did not know he was such an avid birder. I drove my family nuts with quotes and sharing what I learned.more
A highly detailed compilation of facts and observations about President Theodore Roosevelt's views and activities as a naturalist, beginning at boyhood and ending abruptly pretty much with the end of his presidency in 1909. With 817 pages of text, The Wilderness Warrior is a long, slow read; perhaps more useful as reference material than a popular history.What I liked most about this book: the passages relating to some of the organizations and individuals who made great contributions to the conservation movement, but who are less well known than Theodore Roosevelt, Gifford Pinchot, John Muir, and the Sierra Club; for example, the Boone and Crockett Club, the American Bison Society, the Audubon Society, the Bronx Zoo, the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Zoological Society, Presidents Grover Cleveland and Benjamin Harrison, US Congressman John F. Lacey, Robert B. Roosevelt, John Burroughs, Guy Bradley, William L. Findley, C. Hart Merriam, and George Bird Grinnell.This massive tome could use a good edit, due to its numerous redundant passages and fairly sizeable number of grammatical and typographical errors. Polar bears, for example, most assuredly do not come to the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska, much less "in huge numbers" (p. 806).more
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