Free eBook Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, and the Unique Child who Became Theodore Roosevelt (Audio Download): David McCullough, Edward Herrmann, Simon & Schuster Audio: BooksAuthor David McCullough –

Good Book recommend it for an understianding of original US story of democracy, my ggtggd father involved along th line. Teddy was a small frail asthmatic child whose iron will and loving family helped transform him into one of the most powerful leaders of all time.This is truly an inspirational book that lets us peek behind the curtain of an upper class family in the late 1800 s Teddy was blessed with two loving parents who nurtured him with the things he needed to grow into an amazing human being.His mother was a beautiful lady who was always there for him His father would take Teddy on long rides in the country when he had bouts of asthma and encourage him to work out and become stronger.Teddy had an insatiable curiosity about nature as a child He read constantly about wildlife and insects and become a serious collector.Roosevelt s life was not without tragedy When he was in his early twenties he lost both his mother to illness and his young wife at childbirth all within a 24 hour period He loved them both deeply and was shattered.Immediately afterwards he gave his new child to a sister and moved out west in search of himself At first he was disliked and considered a dandy by cowboys because of his snobbishness But, he soon gained their respect by enduring the same hardships and by accepting them for who they were.I read this book some time ago and it is still one of my favorite books David McCullough not only thoroughly gathers facts and data for this work, he brings to life a different time and recreates the feelings, emotions, thoughts and attitudes of the Roosevelt family.Overall this is an incredible book The Re Discovery of Common Sense A Guide To The Lost Art of Critical Thinking No man is an island, entire of itself, as John Donne once wrote, but you would not think so judging from some biographies of famous figures The early formative years are often skipped over in just a few pages, sometimes a whole chapter if one is lucky, in the rush to get to the interesting parts But, as David McCullough ably demonstrates, those early uninteresting years are often the most important, the most revealing, the years that will determine and shape everything to come.Theodore Roosevelt was a man surrounded by and devoted to his family through all the years of his life, and it would be impossible to understand him fully without understanding where he came from, the people who influenced him, the experiences of his childhood, his relationships with parents, siblings and his extended family network, his schoolmates and early teachers, his travels and adventures He did not come into being fully formed as the TR of legend all bully and gnashing white teeth, larger than life declarations and inexhaustible energy he became that man through the passage of time and experience, and to skip over those years is to really miss so much of who he was.David McCullough is an excellent writer and I ve never yet failed to thoroughly enjoy one of his books That, coupled with such a marvellous subject as Theodore Roosevelt, meant this book was a joy to read from start to finish There was little here I did not already know from reading Edmund Morris s wonderful three volume biography of Theodore Roosevelt, but the opportunity to read in such depth was than welcome. I was a bit wary when I opened this book, fearing that I would find the kind of second rate hagiography that popular authors pass off of a sanitized American past McCullough is well known and popular in the US as a sentimentalist While I feared this would be the same, in this book McCullough really is a distinguished historian and a terrific writer.He made the era from the Civil War to the eve of World War 1 come alive through the story of one remarkable family From the standpoint of this rich, elite family, the reader witnesses a panoramic view of the period and all its conventions In addition, the author covers TR s psychology remarkably well, from his sickly youth to his acceptance of the banner of family honor when his stronger brother proved incapable.Nonetheless, without becoming overly sanitized, at times I sensed that McCullough presented an overly optimistic view of the Roosevelts, much as does Doris Kearns in her excellent books TR s sister Bamie, for example, is mentioned as having a sharp tongue that expertly wounded many around her, though McCullough adds that she never did any real damage How could he know that Does it even mean anything to say such a thing Moreover, TR s father appears too good and upright to have existed, but then given the Victorian style of positive thinking and writing , we will never know This optimism, I guess, reflects McCullough s temperament.Warmly recommended. Winner Of The National Book Award For Biography, Mornings On Horseback Is The Brilliant Biography Of The Young Theodore Roosevelt Hailed As A Masterpiece By Newsday, It Is The Story Of A Remarkable Little Boy, Seriously Handicapped By Recurrent And Nearly Fatal Attacks Of Asthma, And His Struggle To Manhood His Father, The First Theodore Roosevelt, Greatheart , Is A Figure Of Unbounded Energy, Enormously Attractive And Selfless, A God In The Eyes Of His Small, Frail Namesake His Mother, Mittie Bulloch Roosevelt, Is A Southerner And Celebrated Beauty Mornings On Horseback Spans Years, From When Little Teedie Is , To When He Returns From The West A Real Life Cowboy To Pick Up The Pieces Of A Shattered Life And Begin Anew, A Grown Man, Whole In Body And Spirit This Is A Tale About Family Love And Family Loyalty About Courtship, Childbirth And Death, Fathers And Sons About Gutter Politics And The Tumultuous Republican Convention Of About Grizzly Bears, Grief And Courage, And Blessed Mornings On Horseback At Oyster Bay Or Beneath The Limitless Skies Of The Badlands