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In The Lion's Pride, Edward J. Renehan, Jr. vividly portrays the grand idealism, heroic bravery, and reckless abandon that Theodore Roosevelt both embodied and bequeathed to his children and the tragic fulfillment of that legacy on the battlefields of World War I. Drawing upon a wealth of previously unavailable materials, including letters and unpublished memoirs, The LioIn The Lion's Pride, Edward J. Renehan, Jr. vividly portrays the grand idealism, heroic bravery, and reckless abandon that Theodore Roosevelt both embodied and bequeathed to his children and the tragic fulfillment of that legacy on the battlefields of World War I. Drawing upon a wealth of previously unavailable materials, including letters and unpublished memoirs, The Lion's Pride takes us inside what is surely the most extraordinary family ever to occupy the White House. Theodore Roosevelt believed deeply that those who had been blessed with wealth, influence, and education were duty bound to lead, even--perhaps especially--if it meant risking their lives to preserve the ideals of democratic civilization. Teddy put his principles, and his life, to the test in the Spanish American war, and raised his children to believe they could do no less. When America finally entered the "European conflict" in 1917, all four of his sons eagerly enlisted and used their influence not to avoid the front lines but to get there as quickly as possible. Their heroism in France and the Middle East matched their father's at San Juan Hill. All performed with selfless--some said heedless--courage: Two of the boys, Archie and Ted, Jr., were seriously wounded, and Quentin, the youngest, was killed in a dogfight with seven German planes. Thus, the war that Teddy had lobbied for so furiously brought home a grief that broke his heart. He was buried a few months after his youngest child. Filled with the voices of the entire Roosevelt family, The Lion's Pride gives us the most intimate and moving portrait ever published of the fierce bond between Teddy Roosevelt and his remarkable children....

Title : The Lion's Pride: Theodore Roosevelt and His Family in Peace and War
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ISBN : 9780195134247
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Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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The Lion's Pride: Theodore Roosevelt and His Family in Peace and War Reviews

  • Brian Eshleman
    2018-12-28 08:38

    I enjoyed this book because Theodore Roosevelt is such a dynamic character. I expected from the title that his children would be the star of it, but, true to TR's form, he dominated the book's small stage. What his relationships with his children showed about HIM tends to be at the center of the author's interest. Nevertheless, the anecdotes are interesting and, once TR passes on and doesn't overshadow his now grown children, we actually do learn some interesting things about them. For instance, what reader cannot be enthralled by the fact that Theodore Roosevelt's son and namesake stormed the beach at D-Day, at the age of 57, with HIS own son involved in the invasion. This stuff cannot be made up.

  • Nick Dupree
    2019-01-15 06:36

    If you're a TR fan, you'll definitely be keenly interested in this book. It brings you into incidents in TR's later life (and those of his kids) seldom heard of in TR canon. All of his kids seem to become heroes, forming a powerful American dynasty which evidently quietly continues into the present—though later Roosevelts aren't mentioned, to my disappointment. Also not mentioned much is Alice Roosevelt and all the consternation and controversy she created, decade after decade, even living long enough to spar with Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes in the 1970s, knocking him back on his heels with her quick (and sometimes off-color) wit. That this isn't mentioned is a minus. The author has a tendency to emphasize courage, honor, chivalrous World War I moments of the sons and daughter Ethel, and Roosevelt family values. Ethel is an absolute heroine as a nurse in the war in France, saving lives as German shells explode around her; finally, she gets the credit long due her. TR is delightful, especially as a grandfather. I can picture an old military man enjoying sharing this book with his children or grandchildren. Those big on family and military honor and the like will love this book. If not, you'll feel most of the book is devoted to moments and facts obscure enough to only interest TR aficionados. I learned, for example, that Theodore and wife Edith were relatively late adopters of the home telephone, a historic detail not found in any book about TR I've read, and I've read a dozen or more. I am a TR aficionado, I really liked the book. It provides a perspective on TR and family not available elsewhere. From me, four stars. I heartily recommend it for ages 12 and up.

  • Aubrey Dustin
    2018-12-26 03:22

    I loved studying Theodore Roosevelt. I read Mornings on Hourseback, his Autobiography, and The Lion's Pride in order. The nobility of this great man is very inspiring. The stands he took as a leader have greatly shaped our country. As a dabbling libertarian I am uncomfortable with many of the stances he took, but I can't help but admire some of the results. His stance on conservation and the national parks it secured for the generations to come is something in profoundly thankful for. His stance on worldwide relations and militarism might be untenable but I wish they won't. The cost of unrighteousness peace must be higher than the cost of war.

  • David
    2018-12-28 05:34

    This book was recommended by a friend who shares my admiration for Teddy Roosevelt and it's pretty good. However, I just finished "Colonel Roosevelt" which is the last volume of Edmund Morris's Roosevelt trilogy, and the definitive work on the man. Therefore, The Lion's Pride felt like a Cliff's Note, or a long magazine article.Still, if you're not familiar with the old Rough Rider, this book would be a good primer.

  • Rusty
    2019-01-10 03:22

    Yes, it’s a bit dry, but very interesting nonetheless. This book chronicles the life of Theodore Roosevelt – his goals, his thoughts, his loves, etc. He overcame asthma by sheer force of will, he created the largest national park in the country, he befriended mountain men, cowboys and ne’er-do-wells. It’s a great insight into the life of this oft overlooked president.

  • Keli Wright
    2019-01-18 03:24

    I listened to this in my car... I had to renew it at the library...because it took me over 3 weeks...It was BORING in some parts..and I wish they had told more about how the kids were at the white house..but I am a big fan of Alice Roosevelt Longfellow and Quentin Roosevelt I loved hearing those stories very interesting...and I feel so smart now!!!

  • Bcoghill Coghill
    2019-01-18 08:24

    I've already read bios of T.R. & I don't really care about his sons. I will read the book about floating the amazon instead.You don't have to finish every book you start.This is probably an all right book but not for me right now.

  • Eileen
    2019-01-01 07:31

    I am listening to this on tape. There is a lot about WWI I wasn't aware of. Good so far

  • Kit Sublett
    2018-12-25 08:22

    I enjoyed this book a lot. A different perspective on one of the most fascinating people in history.

  • Donna
    2019-01-05 01:15

    I liked the family side of this man's life.

  • Larry
    2019-01-10 03:17

    A really neat history of not necessarily Teddy himself, but more of the dynamic between he and his kids set against the run up to WW I. The Roosevelts were one seriously bad-ass family.

  • Jill sometime
    2018-12-31 05:12

    Wonderful insight into an amazing life and his family.

  • Huston Mark
    2019-01-19 07:28

    Too much T.R. and not enough T.R. offspring. Left me feeling unfulfilled in regards to the title.

  • Jfarley
    2018-12-21 02:31

    An excellent account of the Oyster Bay children... a not so well known, and fascinating story.

  • Drew
    2018-12-22 05:18

    A good biography on President Theodore Roosevelt and his children. A man and his children that always seemed to put 110% into everything they attempted.

  • Barbara
    2019-01-13 06:20

    I listened to this as an audiobook. I had already read a few books about Theodore Roosevelt, this added another layer to my knowledge. I really enjoyed it.