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by Douglas Brinkley

Category: Leaders and Notable People
Subcategory: Memoris and Biographies
Author: Douglas Brinkley
ISBN: 0060565284
ISBN13: 978-0060565282
Language: English
Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (July 28, 2009)
Pages: 940
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This is the central theme of Douglas Brinkley’s Wilderness Warrior.

This is the central theme of Douglas Brinkley’s Wilderness Warrior. Calling it a biography of Roosevelt, while technically accurate, sells it short. Yes, you’ll read about his somewhat sickly youth. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Wilderness Warrior and learned quite a bit from it. If you're interested in nature and wildlife conservation and the origins of the forest service, our national parks and monuments, and our wildlife refuges, this book is a great place to start. If you're at all interested in what made our 26th President tick, this is a good book to read.

The Wilderness Warrior book. Douglas Brinkley brings to this magnificent story of Theodore Roosevelt's crusade on behalf of America's national parks the same qualities that made TR so fascinating a figure-an astonishing range of knowledge, a superb narrative skill, a wonderfully vivid writing style and an inexhaustible energy.

Theodore Roosevelt, as shown in Douglas Brinkley’s vast, energetic book, saw conservation as crucial to America’s military and .

Theodore Roosevelt, as shown in Douglas Brinkley’s vast, energetic book, saw conservation as crucial to America’s military and moral standing. The subtitle is telling - the crusade for America, not wild America - because for Roosevelt, living forests and petrified forests, bird preserves and buffalo ranges were essential for the country’s survival as a moral and military power. It all began, like so many conservationist journeys, with birds. When he was 12, the nearsighted boy received a pair of eyeglasses and discovered the beauty and abundance of avifauna.

Douglas Brinkley (born December 14, 1960) is an American author, Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in. .

Douglas Brinkley (born December 14, 1960) is an American author, Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and professor of history at Rice University. He is a public spokesperson on conservation issues Driven Patriot (1992), a biography of James Forrestal, received the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Naval History Prize.

In this groundbreaking epic biography, Douglas Brinkley draws on.

In this groundbreaking epic biography, Douglas Brinkley draws on ed materials to examine the life and achievements of our "naturalist president. By setting aside more than 230 million acres of wild America for posterity between 1901 and 1909, Theodore Roosevelt made conservation a universal endeavor. This crusade for the American wilderness was perhaps the greatest . presidential initiative between the Civil War and World War I. Roosevelt's most important legacies led to the creation of the .

From New York Times bestselling historian Douglas Brinkley comes a sweeping historical narrative and .

From New York Times bestselling historian Douglas Brinkley comes a sweeping historical narrative and eye-opening look at the pioneering environmental policies of President Theodore Roosevelt, avid bird-watcher, naturalist, and the founding father of America’s conservation movement. In this groundbreaking epic biography, Douglas Brinkley draws on ed materials to examine the life and achievements of our naturalist president.

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"Douglas Brinkley brings to this magnificent story of Theodore Roosevelt's crusade on behalf of America's national parks the same qualities that made TR so fascinating a figure—an astonishing range of knowledge, a superb narrative skill, a wonderfully vivid writing style and an inexhaustible energy." —Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals

A vast, inspiring, and enormously entertaining book.” — New York Times Book Review

From New York Times bestselling historian Douglas Brinkley comes a sweeping historical narrative and eye-opening look at the pioneering environmental policies of President Theodore Roosevelt, avid bird-watcher, naturalist, and the founding father of America’s conservation movement—now approaching its 100th anniversary.

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superstar
Theodore Roosevelt has been one of my favorite historical figures for almost my entire adult life. As someone who has a hard time narrowing down my own interests (let alone reading list), the breadth and depth of his pursuits is both fascinating and reassuring. As someone who enjoys being outside in wild spaces, his efforts in preserving them has been inspiring.

He’s also one of the most intellectually challenging figures for me. Without delving too far into politics, I generally prefer the federal government to cast a smaller shadow in the average American’s life than is generally the case. TR’s progressive vision and use of the “bully pulpit” therefore give me pause, force me to reflect, and often leave me scratching my head and short of answers. However, one area where his inclinations and my beliefs intersect is in the preservation of the commons and protection of public lands.

This is the central theme of Douglas Brinkley’s Wilderness Warrior. Calling it a biography of Roosevelt, while technically accurate, sells it short. Yes, you’ll read about his somewhat sickly youth. You’ll read about his time at Harvard (and see pictures of the pretty epic sideburns he wore in his early adulthood). You’ll read about the Rough Riders and his time as a rancher. But all of this revolves around the central theme of the fondness he developed early in life, thanks in part to his Uncle Robert, for nature – and the efforts he made as governor and president on its behalf.

Brinkley is a professor at Rice University, author of almost two dozen books, and member of the Council on Foreign Affairs (which is to say, he certainly doesn’t need my review to sell his book – and not just because it’s been out for almost a decade). Among his other awards, this book earned the 2009 National Outdoor Book Award.

Not surprisingly, then, the book is thoroughly researched and richly annotated. If you’re anything like me, its notes section will make your “want to read list” have a bit of a growth spurt. It takes short detours to explore the lives and exploits of people who lived where the rubber of TR’s initiatives met the proverbial road. While those detours add a bit to the work’s heft, I felt it placed this focused biography – this exploration of but one aspect of a larger-than-life man’s multi-faceted personality – in a broader and richer context.

If there’s a downside to the book, it’s that its length and detail might make it less than accessible to a casual reader. While I’m enough of a bibliophile and history geek to have thoroughly enjoyed it, I have to admit that it’s not quite the sort of history or biography that feels more like a story. It doesn’t always move fast, and the sheer amount of information packed into it can make it at times a slightly dense read. But the reader sufficiently interested in Theodore Roosevelt, protection of wild spaces, or both, will be richly rewarded for their time.
Majin
The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, 1858-1919 is a biography of Theodore Roosevelt that concentrates strictly on his conservationist side. Other domestic policy and foreign policy occasionally come into play, but only when it's connected to conservation policy. It is a long book, repetitive on occasion, but very readable and engaging.

“We regard Attic temples and Roman triumphal arches and Gothic cathedrals as of priceless value,” Roosevelt decreed, full of wilderness warrior fury. “But we are, as a whole, still in that low state of civilization where we do not understand that it is also vandalism wantonly to destroy or to permit the destruction of what is beautiful in nature, whether it be a cliff, a forest, or a species of mammal or bird. Here in the United States we turn our rivers and streams into sewers and dumping-grounds, we pollute the air, we destroy forests, and exterminate fishes, birds, and mammals—not to speak of vulgarizing charming landscapes with hideous advertisements.”

From childhood to adult, Brinkley covers what made Roosevelt a conservationist and sets the stage for what he was to do as a public servant and politician; you really get an idea of what made Roosevelt the unique personality he was. He then explains in detail not only what Roosevelt did but how and why; you couldn't get a much better explanation of his conservation policy. Brinkley ties in the personalities from all walks of life who helped shape and execute his policies as well. Unfortunately, the book seems to end abruptly; Brinkley writes about Roosevelts plans post-Presidency but doesn't go into them in the same detail that he did everything else. Don't think, however, that this book is a hagiography. Brinkley takes care to point out the contrast between Roosevelt's conservationism and some, but not all, of his hunting and between his conservationist policy and reclamation policy. Granted, this would have made an already long book even longer, perhaps a second volume would have been in order. The book is well researched and documented, with good maps, annexes, and end notes; the maps, however, would have served better in-line with the relevant text. They very well may have been in the print edition, but I was reading the Kindle version and the maps came after the final chapter.

"As forces of globalization run amok, Roosevelt’s stout resoluteness to protect our environment is a strong reminder of our national wilderness heritage, as well as an increasingly urgent call to arms."

Published in 2009, The Wilderness Warrior is somewhat prescient given the environmental policies of the current administration. Many times as I was reading I found myself asking what Roosevelt would think of President Trump. In the area of environmental policy, there's no doubt that Roosevelt would find our current policies and administration wanting.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Wilderness Warrior and learned quite a bit from it. If you're interested in nature and wildlife conservation and the origins of the forest service, our national parks and monuments, and our wildlife refuges, this book is a great place to start. If you're at all interested in what made our 26th President tick, this is a good book to read.
Nten
Although this book is nominally about Theodore Roosevelt, it really is a history of the progressive conservation movement during Roosevelt's presidency. Short biographies of several of the key players are included, including Muir, Pinchot, Lahey, and others. The author has done a tremendous amount of research of that era and includes lots of details. The author's prose sometimes seems to get a little too dramatic and grandiose, but the story he is telling of one of the best stories in American history. If you are interesting in how the Forest service came to be, why we now have a Grand Canyon National Park, and several others as well, then read this book.. I highly recommend it.
unmasked
This biography is along the lines of a David McCullough biography (large book, but very enjoyable read). This biography of T.R. is focused on his conservationism, but that appeals to me as someone in the environmental industry. I can't say I love the tales of hunting, but it was T.R.'s love of hunting that actually helped lead him to conservation. As someone who takes an annual vacation to a national park, I have found some interesting tidbits of information in the book that I also learned from visiting a park. Reading about T.R. and his conservation partners makes me eager to see more of our beautiful country. It also saddens me because we are clearly failing in some of our conservation efforts today. But I can totally appreciate that T.R. felt the need to travel and experience the outdoors to rejuvenate his body and soul. Great read, but it will make you long for your next vacation!
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