Becoming Teddy Roosevelt: How a Maine Guide Inspired America’s 26th President is a wonderful book about the life and times of Teddy Roosevelt. The story begins with young Teddy standing on his porch on a September day in 1878. The state of Maine was becoming a wilderness delight due to the writings of Thoreau, the paintings of Frederic Church, and the coming of the railroads.
As a youngster, Teddy Roosevelt was extremely bright and sensitive but small, weak and prone to asthma attacks. He stood out in the Harvard class due to his enthusiasm, fast-paced life and election to Phi Beta Kappa. Theodore spent some time at Chimney Butte in the Dakota Territories. The weather was oppressive with hot summers and long winters.
Becoming Teddy Roosevelt features numerous pictures of Roosevelt in 1878, scenes such as the Chimney Butte Ranch, and historic letters and pictures of famous friends like William Sewall. A December 28, 1893 handwritten letter to William Sewall commences by saying, “There is no one from whom I am more glad to hear than from you; and there is no one who rejoices more sincerely over your good fortune than I do.”
Roosevelt had a fast-paced career leading to the Presidency due to the untimely assassination of President William McKinley. The March 4, 1905 Second Inauguration of President Roosevelt included military bands, six Native American chiefs, the Rough Riders, many flowers and cheering crowds. On January 5, 1919, President Theodore Roosevelt died of a coronary embolism.
Becoming Teddy Roosevelt is a unique book which recounts many of the personal experiences of Roosevelt from childhood to the years leading up to the Presidency. Copies of personal letters are interspersed throughout the book together with historic pictures of friends and personal acquaintances. Becoming Teddy Roosevelt, an Award Finalist in ForeWord Reviews‘ Book of the Year, is easy to read and the personal stories are very engaging.