Bully!: The Life and Times of Theodore Roosevelt: Illustrated with More Than 250 Vintage Political Cartoons
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One of America’s most beloved presidents comes to life in this comprehensive, unique biography illustrated by more than 250 period cartoons.
Theodore Roosevelt, adored for everything from his much-caricatured teeth and glasses to his almost childlike exuberance and boundless energy, as well as his astounding achievements, captivated Americans of his day—and the cartoonists who immortalized him in their drawings. In Bully! The Life and Times of Theodore Roosevelt, author and cartoonist Rick Marschall tells Roosevelt’s story, using words and colorful images alike. Incorporating hundreds of vintage illustrations, Bully! captures Roosevelt’s remarkable life and incredible accomplishments as no other biography has.
In Bully! you will read and see why this man continues to capture the imaginations of Americans and those who love America. You will learn:
- Why World War I might never have happened if Roosevelt had won the presidency for a third term
- How TR the Rough Rider inspired his men How Roosevelt drove the building of the Panama Canal through almost insuperable obstacles
- Why his strong (but today underreported) Christian faith directed his every action
- Why “the cowboy” Roosevelt was the most intellectual president America has ever had
- Why his foreign policy of speaking softly and carrying a big stick was so successful
- How the “Progressive” Roosevelt was actually a “Conservative”
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1881. Page 55: Joseph Keppler in Puck, 1881. Page 56: Cartoons by Friederich Grätz. The first of the two Puck covers was published within a week of the death of TR's mother and wife. Page 57: Puck, April 16, 1884. Pages 58 and 59: Bernard Gillam in Puck; full title, Phryne Before the Chicago Tribunal: Ardent Advocate [Whitelaw Reid, Editor of the New York Tribune]: “Now, gentlemen, don—t make any mistake in your decision! Here's Purity and Magnetism for You—can—t be beat!” Page 60: November
of such policies would avert problems and even prevent disasters like social upheaval. America was growing more radical, in cities, on farms, and within labor unions and immigrant groups. As always, TR saw the best antidote for socialism in what he called (with Lincoln as his inspiration) “sane radicalism.” Cartoonists and humorists hit the nail on the head every week: “Taft carried out Roosevelt's policies…on a slab,” was one of the jabs. “President Taft is an amiable island surrounded by men
The Outlook, and hammered away at issues related to the war and American defense. As 1916 approached, the minority (though a growing number) of Americans who agreed with the Colonel agitated for him to run for president. Some Republican leaders—Root and Lodge, not Taft or Barnes—worked to deliver the GOP nomination to him. The reduced but loyal and enthusiastic contingent of Progressive Party members insisted he run once again on a third-party ticket. TR demurred, but he could not control the
as an expert, and collector, in the field of political memorabilia, specifically get-out-the-vote campaigns. And I remembered that he was dedicated to TR and cartoons also. So when I located him in Iowa, and found him more interested than ever in his fields of interest, I was grateful that he signed on as Assistant Editor of this book. The only historians who do not admit to having at least one indispensible assistant, researcher, facts-checker, pulse-taker, sounding-board, devil's advocate,