Colonel Roosevelt ($20) is the last and final installment of a trilogy of biographies written by Edmund Morris detailing the life of one of America’s greatest presidents and men. If you haven’t read the other titles which include the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt and Theodore Rex, we would encourage you to start there. We promise you won’t regret it. The book begins in the middle of the Colonel’s life, and and recounts his yearlong safari through East Africa hunting big game and collecting specimens for the Smithsonian. From there Morris moves on to discuss his reluctant entrance into politics and his subsequent time in the White House. Plenty of non-political topics are discussed in surprisingly entertaining detail including his epic yearlong expedition to Brazil in 1913 (where he discovered a 625 mile long river and lost nearly 50 pounds fighting malaria), to raising six children, to his final year of life and the passing of one the world’s most universal men. Read it, and perhaps you’ll aspire to make the most out of the time you have on this earth.
"Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering." - T. R.