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The Golden Lad: The Haunting Story of Quentin and Theodore Roosevelt

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Theodore Roosevelt is one of the most fascinating and written-about presidents in American history—yet the most poignant tale about this larger-than-life man has never been told.

More than a century has passed since Theodore Roosevelt was in the White House, but he still continues to fascinate. Never has a more exuberant man been our nation's leader. He became a war hero, reformed the NYPD, busted the largest railroad and oil trusts, passed the Pure Food and Drug Act, created national parks and forests, won the Nobel Peace Prize, and built the Panama Canal—to name just a few.

Yet it was the cause he championed the hardest—America's entry in to WWI—that would ultimately divide and destroy him. His youngest son, Quentin, his favorite, would die in an air fight. How does looking at Theodore's relationship with his son, and understanding him as a father, tell us something new about this larger-than-life-man? Does it reveal a more human side? A more hypocritical side? Or simply, if tragically, a nature so surprisingly sensitive, despite the bluster, that he would die of a broken heart?

Roosevelt's own history of boyhood illnesses made him so aware of was like to be a child in pain, that he could not bear the thought of his own children suffering. The Roosevelts were a family of pillow-fights, pranks, and "scary bear." And it was the baby, Quentin—the frailest—who worried his father the most. Yet in the end, it was he who would display, in his brief life, the most intellect and courage of all.

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 14, 2015 – Piercing the larger-than-life Teddy Roosevelt myth, Burns (1920), a former correspondent for NBC News and Today, explores the personal side of the energetic, rambunctious war hero and politician and his doting relationship with his youngest child, Quentin. Burns begins as the Spanish-American war percolates in 1897, with a combative "Teedie" eager to test his valor in battle; Roosevelt described war as "a supreme test of a man's character." Roosevelt, a father of six children, chose the fragile Quentin as his favorite. The future leader of the Rough Riders recalled his own tough, illness-prone childhood and how he overcame his ailments through strenuous exercise. War fame propelled Roosevelt from one top government post to another until his selection as William McKinley's running mate in 1900 (and his ascension to the presidency upon McKinley's assassination), but he continued to make quality time for his family. Burns crafts his work by balancing Roosevelt's monumental achievements against his serious character flaws. He also holds Roosevelt responsible for lobbying for the U.S. to enter WWI, a war that claimed the life of his beloved son. Burns's unique, stirring account of America's most colorful president allows Teddy Roosevelt, the man and father, to step off the page.
The Golden Lad: The Haunting Story of Quentin and Theodore Roosevelt
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  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Feb 15, 2016
  • Publisher: Pegasus Books
  • Seller: W. W. Norton
  • Print Length: 300 Pages
  • Language: English
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