"Theodore Roosevelt (1857-1919) was the most literary of American presidents. In little more than six decades, Roosevelt, was a rancher, historian, reformer, New York state assemblyman, New York City police commissioner, assistant secretary of the navy, military hero, governor of New York, vice president, 26th president, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, renowned hunter, conservationist, the most successful third-party candidate in American history, and Amazon explorer." "What is less known is that Roosevelt was also one of the great epistolary writers in American history, penning more than 100,000 letters. This collection - the first one-volume compendium of its kind - brings together over 1,000 of Roosevelt's most revealing and engaging letters, ones that fully illuminate the private man and public figure. Herein, Roosevelt corresponds with family, friends, colleagues, and opponents. He discusses private matters, politics, diplomacy, military strategy, art, conservation, higher education, women's rights, literature, and football. The list of addressees includes former Confederate President Jefferson Davis; historians Francis Parkman, Alfred Taylor Mahan, and Frederick Jackson Turner; publisher George Putnam; artist Frederick Remington; naturalists John Muir and John Burroughs; magnates (and Roosevelt foes) Andrew Carnegie, J. P. Morgan, and Henry Ford; authors Rudyard Kipling, Owen Wister, and Upton Sinclair; as well as Booker T. Washington, Jane Addams, Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Hay, John J. Pershing, William McKinley, William Howard Taft, Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt."--BOOK JACKET.
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