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Book Review: Becoming Teddy Roosevelt: How a Maine Guide Inspired America’s 26th President by Andrew Vietze

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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.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.