344Re: [tr-m] Jeffers' book on Ted Jr.
- Sep 7, 2002Dear all,
I would like to come back to a question by John Gable
(a few months ago) regarding comments to the book by
H. Paul Jeffers "Theodore Roosevelt Jr., Life of a war
I recently finished reading this book. I enjoyed the
book regarding TR Jr.'s time as governor of Puerto
Rico and the Phillipines and World War I & II because
I didn't know much about his life during these periods
(except what Ed Renehan and Sylvia Morris wrote in
their books). What I did not like about Jeffers' book
are a few errors he put in, which could have been
avoided by better research: For example, he wrote a
few times (like on page 28) that TR (the president)
said that he feels "as fit as a bull moose" in 1898!
As far as I know this expression was coined only in
1912 when a mad man tried to kill TR in Milwaukee.
He also writes twice that "The Roosevelt family of
Sagamore Hill" was written by Mr. Harbaugh (pages 16
and 30). We all know that Hermann Hagedorn wrote this
It is amazing how many qualities of TR we can find in
his oldest son! Jeffers book is a good read, but from
my point of view not the great narrative as we know it
from Edmund Morris or David McCullough!
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