Lion in the White House (Paperback)

A Life of Theodore Roosevelt

By Aida Donald

Basic Books, 9780465010240, 304pp.

Publication Date: November 4, 2008

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Description

A masterful, concise biography of Theodore Roosevelt, America's first modern president

New York State Assemblyman, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Governor of New York, Vice President and, at forty-two, the youngest President ever--in his own words, Theodore Roosevelt "rose like a rocket." In Lion in the White House, historian Aida Donald masterfully chronicles Roosevelt's life and his presidency.

TR's accomplishments in office were immense. Believing that the emerging aristocracy of wealth represented a genuine threat to democracy, TR broke trusts to curb the rapacity of big business. He built the Panama Canal and engaged the country in world affairs. And he won the Nobel Peace Prize-the first sitting president ever so honored. Throughout his public career, TR fought valiantly to steer the GOP back to its noblest ideals as embodied by Abraham Lincoln. Alas, his hopes for his party were quashed by the GOP's strong rightward turn in the years after he left office. But his vision for America lives on.

In lapidary prose, this concise biography recounts the courageous life of one of the greatest leaders our nation has ever known.


About the Author

Aida D. Donald has spent a lifetime with American history. Editor-in-chief of Harvard University Press for many years, she also worked at publisher Hill and Wang, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the Johns Hopkins University Press. A former Fulbright Fellow at Oxford University, Donald holds a Ph.D. in American history and has taught at Columbia University. She lives in Lincoln, Massachusetts, with her husband and fellow historian David Herbert Donald.


Praise For Lion in the White House: A Life of Theodore Roosevelt

"Every bit as vibrant, captivating, entertaining, and inspiring as its titanic subject."—Doris Kearns Goodwin