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Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt

Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt

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Book Overview: Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt

The National Book Award-winning biography that tells the story of how young Teddy Roosevelt transformed himself from a sickly boy into the vigorous man who would become a war hero and ultimately president of the United States, told by master historian David McCullough.

Mornings on Horseback is the brilliant biography of the young Theodore Roosevelt. Hailed as "a masterpiece" (John A. Gable, Newsday), it is the winner of the Los Angeles Times 1981 Book Prize for Biography and the National Book Award for Biography. Written by David McCullough, the author of Truman, this is the story of a remarkable little boy, seriously handicapped by recurrent and almost fatal asthma attacks, and his struggle to manhood: an amazing metamorphosis seen in the context of the very uncommon household in which he was raised.

The father is the first Theodore Roosevelt, a figure of unbounded energy, enormously attractive and selfless, a god in the eyes of his small, frail namesake. The mother, Mittie Bulloch Roosevelt, is a Southerner and a celebrated beauty, but also considerably more, which the book makes clear as never before. There are sisters Anna and Corinne, brother Elliott (who becomes the father of Eleanor Roosevelt), and the lovely, tragic Alice Lee, TR's first love. All are brought to life to make "a beautifully told story, filled with fresh detail" ( The New York Times Book Review).

A book to be read on many levels, it is at once an enthralling story, a brilliant social history and a work of important scholarship which does away with several old myths and breaks entirely new ground. It is a book about life intensely lived, about family love and loyalty, about grief and courage, about "blessed" mornings on horseback beneath the wide blue skies of the Badlands.

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ISBN-139780671447540
ISBN-100671447548
PublisherSimon & Schuster
Publication Date1982-05-12
EditionFirst Edition
Languageen
Pages448
Dimensionsin x in x in
Weight lbs

"A fine account of Roosevelt's rise to manhood, well written and, like its subject, full of irrepressible vitality." — Denver Post

"This is a marvelous chronicle of manners and morals, love and duty, and as captivating as anything you will find between book covers in a long while." — Detroit News

"We have no better social historian." — John Leonard, The New York Times

David McCullough, a renowned and celebrated American author, is historically recognized for his eloquent documentaries, detailed biographies, and enlightening histories. Born in 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, McCullough earned his English Literature degree from Yale University. It was here that he discovered his prolific talent, stemming from his deep fascination with American history and culture. McCullough has written on varied historical topics including the Panama Canal, the Brooklyn Bridge, John Adams, and Harry Truman. His works, with two - "Truman" and "John Adams"- winning Pulitzer Prizes, are distinguished by meticulous research and a distinctive narrative voice. His monumental achievements also envelop Emmy, Grammy, and National Book awards, making him one of America's most honored writers. Apart from writing, McCullough's charismatic voice is notable in his narration of various documentaries including 'The Civil War.' This octogenarian’s ability to make history come alive with eloquence and insight continues to delight readers and listeners. With a personalized style and insatiable curiosity that brings the past to the present, David McCullough remains a towering figure in historical literature.

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