The King and the Cowboy
Theodore Roosevelt and Edward the Seventh, Secret Partners
By David Fromkin
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143116189, 272pp.)
Publication Date: November 24, 2009
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An intimate look at two extraordinary figures and their secret collaboration?one that turned the alliance structure of the political world upside down
In this character-driven study, acclaimed historian and bestselling author David Fromkin reveals how two colorful figures?Theodore Roosevelt and Edward the Seventh? assumed leadership of the English-speaking world at the beginning of the twentieth century. As human beings, the two men could hardly have been more different. Edward, a lover of fine food, drink, beautiful women, and the pleasure-seeking culture of Paris, had previously been regarded as nothing more than a playboy. Across the Atlantic, Theodore Roosevelt, the aristocrat from Manhattan and self-made cowboy, would rise above his critics to become one of the nation?s most beloved presidents. Together, they wrote the agenda for the North Atlantic democracies of the twentieth century.