Theodore Roosevelt, An Autobiography (Annotated and Illustrated): Includes The Complete Essay "The Strenuous Life" and Over 40 Historical Photographs and Illustrations

Theodore Roosevelt, An Autobiography (Annotated and Illustrated): Includes The Complete Essay "The Strenuous Life" and Over 40 Historical Photographs and Illustrations

Language: English

Pages: 576


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

THEODORE ROOSEVELT, AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY is a classic written by the President himself. I love this book and am a student of all of his writings. I've given careful attention to what he wrote and researched photos and illustrations of the period and of the people who played significant roles in his life. I've added these illustrations to enhance the reading experience. I've also added the complete text of his essay and speech - The Strenuous Life - which was an important perspective that he preached and lived. This version of the book has the following features:

  • 40+ historical photographs and illustrations 
  • The complete text of Roosevelt's essay and speech, "The Strenuous Life" 
  • Links to 100+ audio and video presentations of scholars discussing the life of the President 
  • A brief biography and introduction to help you understand the place and time of this writing 
  • Clean formatting giving you full control over fonts and font sizes 
  • Active table of contents for easy navigation 

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have!


THEODORE ROOSEVELT, AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY is a classic written by the President himself, a prolific author. Roosevelt was highly educated, extremely well-read, and authored over 40 books. He was such a diligent and skilled writer, that when he lost his fortune in the Dakota Territory after the brutal winter of 1886 and had to find a way to make a living and support his family, he did so for the rest of his life by writing. Relatively modest salaries from public and elected positions never were his main source of income.

This book he titled his "autobiography," - some call it his memoirs. It is not so much a timeline of his life as it is a collection of writings about certain memorable times that shaped who he was or which he wanted to leave as his legacy. While he speaks loud and clear about how family was of the highest value, this book does not so much outline his personal life as it does his individual and political life.

And it was a rich life. He was a sportsman, a naturalist, a conservationist; he was a police commissioner of the nation's largest city, a governor, a Vice-President, and the Commander in Chief. He was committed to public service, to fighting for the poor and needy while also recognizing the contributions of the wealthy and powerful. As President he played an important role in international affairs, and even won the Nobel Peace Prize for his successful negotiation of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty between Russia and Japan. He challenged the political parties and the politicians of his time with great rancor and argued against being labeled by monikers of the time; he held to his principles and values and eloquently stated them.

This book is unique specifically because it is written by him, by Theodore Roosevelt. It is not a story from the sidelines; it is directly from the man who lived through all of these events. It gives the reader insights into his thoughts about matters of the utmost importance to America. He also shares his views on life, including the value he placed on strenuous effort and overcoming hardships which he details in his essay and speech, "The Strenuous Life," which we have added in its entirety. The speech is important because it reflects the American spirit at the turn of the 20th century, a spirit that we come back to again and again in times of trouble, a spirit that keeps our country moving forward and continues to provide the light of hope for our future.

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