THEODORE REX is reviewed in the current issue of TIME
magazine, November 19, 2001; and in the NY TIMES, November 15,
2001, p. E1.
Both reviews are quite positive, though the reviewers do
take potshots at Edmund Morris for DUTCH, while pointing out that this new book
in no way resembles DUTCH.
The reviewers clearly
are charmed by TR.
Edmund Morris tells
me that he will be on CBS SUNDAY MORNING, Nov. 18, and on TODAY show,
Tuesday, Nov. 20. Most of the major newspapers will review the
book this coming Sunday. The NY TIMES, of course, will review it a second time
on either this Sunday or another Sunday. So far we have seen no negative
reviews. He will do a 12-city tour for the book. He is peaking to senior staff
at the White House on November 27, the official publication date. This was
arranged by TRA member Karl Rove.
someone familiar with the TR administration can fully appreciate the art and
skill, the genius of Morris, in THEODORE REX. The book has great forward
movement and fast pace. Morris gives only as much background and context
as the reader needs on any event or issue. To do more would be to slow down the
book, and this is a "fast" book. Nor does he look much down the road at
consequences of events and actions or of policies. That, too, would slow the
book down, and would, in addition, ruin the sense of "present time" that Morris
carefully constructs. The reader knows and sees little except what TR saw
and knew at the time. So TR appears to stride through the book,
rapidly. Reviewers are already attributing much of the above
qualities in the book to TR himself. But while they suit TR, and are true to TR,
it is Edmund who constructs the stage and does all the lighting and sound system
stuff. You would not realize this unless you were familiar with the events
and happenings of the Roosevelt administration, as I said.
THEODORE REX will change
the "Rooseveltian world," just as his first book did; change it in dozens
The reviewers are saying this is the right book for the
post 911 US, but of course it was all written before 911; and I happen to think
it would hit people just right no matter where we were at. Why?
Because TR was a "man for all seasons." Many of his qualities, such
as courage, integrity, statesmanship, are always relevant.
reading, all of you !
John A. Gable