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BOOKLOVER'S HOLIDAY by Theodore Roosevelt

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BOOKLOVER'S HOLIDAY by Theodore Roosevelt

His guide to the Great American outdoors

Americans still love Theodore Roosevelt because he did not sit still at a desk.  He went out and joined the people and the causes that the country embraced.  Thus, after his presidency, he still travelled.  This account by the great man recalls trips to many wonderful outdoor spots in the country and elsewhere, including the Grand Canyon, the Mississippi, Patagonia, and Hopi areas.  He fondly claims his part in preserving American wilderness.

I. - A Cougar Hunt on the Rim of the Grand Canyon . . . . . . . . .15
II. - Across the Navajo Desert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29
III. - The Hopi Snake-Dance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47
IV. - The Ranchland of Argentina and Southern Brazil . . . . . . . .65
V. - A Chilean Rondeo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75
VI. - Across the Andes and Northern Patagonia . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81
VII - .Wild Hunting Companions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93
VIII. - Primeval Man; and the Horse, the Lion,
and the Elephant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113
IX. - Books for Holidays in the Open . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .147
X. - Bird Reserves at the Mouth of the Mississippi . . . . . . . . . . . .155
XI. - A Curious Experience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .177

a paperback book

With the assassination of President McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt,
not quite 43, became the youngest President in the Nation’s history. He
brought new excitement and power to the Presidency, as he vigorously
led Congress and the American public toward progressive reforms and a
strong foreign policy.
He took the view that the President as a “steward of the people”
should take whatever action necessary for the public good unless
expressly forbidden by law or the Constitution.” I did not usurp power,”
he wrote, “but I did greatly broaden the use of executive power.”
Roosevelt’s youth differed sharply from that of the log cabin
Presidents. He was born in New York City in 1858 into a wealthy family,
but he too struggled—against ill health—and in his triumph became
an advocate of the strenuous life. In 1884 his first wife, Alice Lee
Roosevelt, and his mother died on the same day. Roosevelt spent much
of the next two years on his ranch in the Badlands of Dakota Territory.
There he mastered his sorrow as he lived in the saddle, driving cattle,
hunting big game—he even captured an outlaw. On a visit to London, he
married Edith Carow in December 1886.


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  1. zRgosBZvbIdT 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Jul 2011

    Frankly I think that's abslotuely good stuff.



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