Heir to the Empire City
New York and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt
By Edward P. Kohn
Basic Books (AZ), Hardcover, 9780465024292, 256pp.
Publication Date: December 2013
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A riveting account of a man and a city on the brink of greatness, "Heir to the Empire City" reveals that Roosevelt's true education took place not in the West but on the mean streets of nineteenth-century New York.
Theodore Roosevelt is known as many things: a naturalist, hunter, rough rider and, of course, president. A new book argues it was his time in Manhattan, not the West, that forged him into the politician and man we now read about in history books. Host Scott Simon talks with author Edward Kohn about his new book, Heir to the Empire City: New York and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt. More at NPR.org
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