September 12th, 2007

I finished "Theodore Rex" by Edmund Morris.

I finished "Theodore Rex" by Edmund Morris today. It didn't really tell me much new about the Roosevelt philosophy (he was a centrist Republican whose most obvious "Republican Characteristic" was his "world stage interventionism"), but it did tell me what happened during the Roosevelt presidency, which was interesting.

The one grumble I would have with the book would be that it applied an overly positive gloss to some of the things that occurred in his presidency.

As an example, I believe that America had problems in both Cuba and the Philippines, but both were glossed over. The only real reference to them in the book focused on him bringing Taft back from the Philippines to serve as his Secretary of War. I'm not sure about anyone else but I sometimes wished the author went on the attack with Roosevelt more, I might have got a more rounded view.