- Here are some words from a novel, based upon some actual history, that Theodore Roosevelt loved to read. Unlike Montcalm in the novel TR faced his fate and offered his country, for her protection, his most treasured possessions. The books he read were like the oil a blacksmith uses to temper steel. How impressive would it be to have the eight thousand books in his Sagamore Hill home scanned and put on line for others to read what he read. I would call that an impressive Library unlike no other.
The Last of the Mohicans
It is now becoming obscured by time; and thousands, who know that Montcalm died like a hero on the plains of Abraham, have yet to learn how much he was deficient in that moral courage without which no man can be truly great. Pages might be written to prove, from this illustrious example, the defects of human excellence; to show how easy it is for generous sentiments, high courtesy, and chivalrous courage, to lose their influence beneath their chilling blight of selfishness, and to exhibit to the world a man who was great in all the minor attributes of character, but who was found wanting when it became necessary to prove how much principle is superior to policy. But the task would exceed our prerogatives; and, as history, like love, is so apt to surround her heroes with an atmosphere of imaginary brightness, it is probable that Louis de Saint Veran will be viewed by posterity only as the gallant defender of his country, while his cruel apathy on the shores of the Oswego and of the Horican will be forgotten.