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Mornings on HorsebackMornings On Horseback The Story Of An Extraordinary Family, A Vanished Way Of Life, And The Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt Is The Brilliant Biography Of The Young Theodore Roosevelt Hailed As A Masterpiece By Newsday, It Also Won The Los Angeles Times Book Prize For Biography Now With A New Introduction By The Author, Mornings On Horseback Is Reprinted As A Simon Schuster Classic Edition Mornings On Horseback Is About The World Of The Young Theodore Roosevelt It Is The Story Of A Remarkable Little Boy, Seriously Handicapped By Recurrent And Nearly Fatal Attacks Of Asthma, And His Struggle To Manhood An Amazing Metamorphosis Seen In The Context Of The Very Uncommon Household And Rarefied Social World In Which He Was Raised His Father Is The First Theodore Roosevelt, Greatheart, 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, But Also Considerably , Which The Book Makes Clear As Never Before There Are Sisters Anna And Corinne, Brother Elliott Who Becomes The Father Of Eleanor Roosevelt , And The Lovely, Tragic Alice Lee, Teddy Roosevelt S First Love And While Such Disparate Figures As Abraham Lincoln, Mrs John Jacob Astor, And Senator Roscoe Conkling Play A Part, It Is This Diverse And Intensely Human Assemblage Of Roosevelts, All Brought To Vivid Life, Which Gives The Book Its Remarkable Power The Book Spans Seventeen Years From When Little Teedie Is Ten, To When, As A Hardened Real Life Cowboy, He Returns From The West To Pick Up The Pieces Of A Shattered Life And Begin Anew, A Grown Man, Whole In Body And Spirit The Story Does For Teddy Roosevelt What Sunrise At Campobello Did For FDR Reveals The Inner Man Through His Battle Against Dreadful Odds Like David McCullough S The Great Bridge, Also Set In New York, This Is At Once An Enthralling Story, With All The Elements Of A Great Novel, And A Penetrating Character Study It Is Brilliant Social History And A Work Of Important Scholarship, Which Does Away With Several Old Myths And Breaks Entirely New Ground For The First Time, For Example, Roosevelt S Asthma Is Examined Closely, Drawing On Information Gleaned From Private Roosevelt Family Papers And In Light Of Present Day Knowledge Of The Disease And Its Psychosomatic Aspects At Heart It Is A Book About Life Intensely Livedabout Family Love And Family Loyaltyabout Courtship And Childbirth And Death, Fathers And Sonsabout Winter On The Nile In The Grand Manner And Harvard Collegeabout Gutter Politics In Washrooms 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 Black Care Rarely Sits Behind A Rider Whose Pace Is Fast Enough, Roosevelt Once Wrote It Is The Key To His Life And To Much That Is So Memorable In This Magnificent Book

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  • Paperback
  • 445 pages
  • Mornings on Horseback
  • David McCullough
  • English
  • 06 July 2018
  • 9780671447540

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  1. says:

    Audiobook FABULOUS AUDIOBOOK There was so much I didn t know about Teddy Roosevelt until this book I had no idea the obstacles he had go through to be the Roosevelt people would remember given the accomplished man his father was By the time I came to the end my love for TR was tenfold His childhood was challenging with asthma with horrible medications at the time His early adulthood was marked by tragedy As a political figure he s a man that change the world I loved Teddy Roosevelts Teddy ness with children He had as much fun playing with groups of kids as much as the kids did with him David McCullough can tell a story with the focus being on Roosevelt s early life and his family Engaging fascinating heartfelt inspiring


  2. says:

    A satisfying and well written portrait of Roosevelt s youth It s up to the reader to make the linkages between his origins and him as President That s the only reason I didn t give it 5 stars For what McCullough intends, it was very satisfying to me My intention was not to write a biography of him What intrigued me was how he came to be There were pieces of the puzzle that fascinated me his childhood battle with asthma, for example, his beautiful southern mother, the adoration he had for his father What, who, were involved in the forming of all that energy and persistence How much of him was playacting or a composite of borrowing from others who were important to him The book would end when I thought he was formed as a person, at whatever age that happened, when I felt I could say, when the reader could say, there he is.San Juan Hill, the White House, the Canal, the trust busting and Big Stick wielding, the Bull Moose with his hat in the ring, would all be after the fact, another story, so far as my interests.A lot of attention is paid to his parents and the domestic scene of his childhood in one of the richest families in New York City in the late 19th century, the Age of Innocence as termed by Edith Wharton s novel who was a friend of the family They didn t make their money as robber barons, but through commerce in glass, real estate, and investment banking The father, Theodore Senior, came off as very likable and public spirited His philanthropy and good works included reform of mental hospitals and orphanages, the founding of a hospital, and development and construction of the Museum of Natural History Teddie s mother was a plantation belle from Georgia and, along with many family members who fought with the Confederacy, the source of many adventurous stories that fired the imagination of young Tee Dee his childhood name The Roosevelt family, which included two sisters and a brother, made use of their wealth to provide an idyllic childhood for Teddie, with summers at their estate at Oyster Bay, Long Island, and long trips in Europe and the Middle East His father imbued in Teddie the philosophy of a physically active life as a key to health and pathway away from the indolence of idleness Teddie s lifelong interest in nature, hiking, and horseback riding are well accounted for A thoughtful chapter on Teddie s debilitating asthma provides insight into its physiological and psychosomatic components, leaving it open whether it was physical activity or psychological aspects that allowed Teddie to largely surmount it as a handicap in his life The war with the disease as an antecedent to his drive for success and self confidence is nicely summed up in this paragraph For a child as acutely sensitive and intelligent as he, the impact of asthma could not have been anything but profound, affecting personality, outlook, self regard, the whole course of his young life, in marked fashion The asthmatic child knows he is an oddity that somehow, for some reason no one can explain, he is a defective, different But he also knows also that his particular abnormality lends a kind of power He knows, in ways a normal child can scarcely imagine, what it is to be the absolute center of attention.When he arrived at Harvard, we see his struggle to gain respect and social acceptance At seventeen the boy was as tall as he would grow, five foot eight inches, and he weighed at most 125 pounds His voice was thin and piping, almost comical The blue gray eyes squinted and blinked behind thick spectacles, which when he laughed or bobbed his head about, kept sliding down his nose The sound of his laugh was described by his mother as an ungreased squeak While he became involved in every club imaginable, he made no close friends and surprisingly showed little sign of being destined for greatness One acquaintance noted Most of his classmates simply did not like him McCullough is surprised that his scientific interests were not fulfilled He never found any real intellectual excitement there, for all his good grades He was never inspired to reach or push himself academically At no point did he churn with intellectual curiosity or excitement. What he did fulfill was having a good time and falling in love with future wife17 year old Alice The imagine of him riding his horse or horsecart the six miles to her home in Chestnut Hill to woo her was fun to imagine After college and marriage, he began to get interested in politics, with a focus on reform of corruption We won a seat in the State Assembly at age 23 and began to make a mark for himself Why a Brahmin would dirty his hands with such an avocation is summed up by McCullough It was a chance at last to do battle , good against evil, in New York itself and in what he liked to call the full light of the press, light he very obviously loved He relished the publicity and he relished the battle itself He loved a fight, even than his father had It was possibly the chief reason he love politics, needed politics.McCullough also finds that politics fulfilled his drive to do something of lasting significance Theodore said later it was a combination of curiosity and plain duty that led him into politics, and that I intended to be one of the governing class, which may be taken as another way of saying he wanted power In the novel The Bostonians 1896 , Henry James would portray a leading character as full of purpose to live and with high success to become great in order not to become obscure, and powerful not to be useless The description would apply perfectly to Theodore Obscurity, one imagines, would have snuffed him out like a candle Another major shaping event on his life is the death of both his mother Mittie and Alice in a single day to typhoid and chronic nephritis, respectively Alice had just given birth to a child Afterward, he threw himself in work and repressed his grief so much that in an autobiography much later in his life, he barely even mentions either of them McCullough tries to capture the impact of the losses on his character The sole, overwhelming lesson was the awful brevity of life, the sense that the precipice awaited not just somewhere off down the road, but at any moment An asthmatic childhood had shown that life could be stifled, cut off, unless one fought back, and all Papa s admonitions to get action, to seize the moment, had the implicit message that there was not much time after all Father had died at forty six Mittie had only been forty eight Alice, all of twenty two, her life barely begun Nothing lasts Winter waits. His foray on the national stage came with his role at the Republican Convention in leading coalition efforts to try to stop the nomination of Blaine as the nominee for Presidential candidate He was still all of twenty five it was his first national convention Yet from the first day he had proved himself a force to reckon with, by friend or foe, and the attraction he had for newspaper attention was the kind every politician dreams of He was a natural politician He had a born genius for the limelight, for all the gestures and theatrics for politics In his undersized, overdressed way he had presence Unquestionably, he had nerve. An interesting irony in light of the current scene in politics was that his wealthy background was considered a disadvantage in politics by some The Chicago Times made the point that he had to get where he was in politics despite his background The advantage of being a self made man was denied him An unkind fortune hampered him with an old and wealthy family At this point, his political career takes a hiatus as Teddie becomes captured by the dream of the frontier of the American West He sinks a lot of resources in a huge cattle ranch in the Bad Lands Dakota Territory and for three years throws himself into the endeavor Though the image he projects as a manly man by posing in an expensive outfit suggests a laughable dilettantism, he truly pushed himself in the physical work of ranching and gained the respect of many of the locals In his books based on his experience, a linkage with the values of his father is pointed out by McCullough He wrote of their courage, their phenomenal physical endurance He liked their humor, admired their unwritten code that ruled the cow camp Meanness, cowardice, and dishonesty are not tolerated, he observed There is a high regard for truthfulness and keeping one s word, intense contempt for any kind of hypocrisy, and a hearty dislike for any man who shirks his work It was, of course, exactly the code he had been raised on The cowboy was bold, cared about his work he was self reliant and self confident Perhaps most importantly of all, the cowboy seemed to know how to deal with death, death in a dozen different forms being an everyday part of his life.The book ends with a return to New York and his failed attempt at the mayoral election Whether or not the book achieves originality as history, it is a well written window into the character of an important figure in the transition of the U.S to a global power and of New York City into the modern metropolis it became Published in 1981, it is an early book in McCullough s career The negative views about his book production factory , as covered in this Salon piece may not applicable to this book Becoming a manly man Teddie in fancy frontiersman garb.


  3. says:

    Theodore Roosevelt pioneering naturalist, Rough Rider, hero of San Juan Hill, populist reformer, trust buster, champion of the National Park system, the President with his big stick , the Bull Moose he seems like a force of nature, something unstoppable But how did it happen How did a sickly, asthmatic child who was not expected to live become this towering wave of pure human energy Both nature, nurture and self will shaped the boy and the man and McCullough does a masterful job discovering how the one became the other It starts, of course, with his family.Mornings on Horseback is as much a story of the Roosevelt family and the times as it is of Teddy Roosevelt Teddy, or Teedie, as the family called him, was born into one of New York s wealthiest and respected old Dutch families His grandfather, Cornelius Van Schaack Roosevelt, was among the founders of Chemical Bank later Chase and was a model of probity, respectability and solid citizenship C.V.S Roosevelt s mansion on 13th Street and Union Square was the gathering place for a growing clan of children and grandchildren The family story told in David McCullough s history spans three generations and several pivotal moments in American history One of them is captured here as President Lincoln s funeral cortege marches slowly past the Roosevelt manor towards Union Square From the second floor window you can catch a glimpse of two children leaning out they are thought to be Teddy, age seven, and his younger brother, Elliot, age five.The Civil War looms large in the Roosevelt history because there was another improbable branch to the family tree In 1853 Cornelius Roosevelt s youngest son, the businessman and philanthropist Theodore met and married beautiful Martha Mittie Bulloch, daughter of a prominent Georgia plantation owner.The Bulloch s owned some 80 slaves two of the house slaves are pictured here If the Roosevelts seldom produced anyone with a sense of adventure or even a whiff of impropriety, the Bullock s were something else again Teddy, who clearly inherited his father Theodore s sense of honor and dedication to the those less fortunate, also listened enthralled to his mother s tales of the Bullochs Among those the children most admired were Mittie s brothers who served in the Confederate navy few stories were thrilling than the one about how uncle Irvine got a dangerously fast new ship built in England and smuggled it away to sail against the Union McCullough makes a good case that Teddy s adventurous side was a trait learned from his spirited mother and her Bulloch relatives.Even through the strains of the Civil War, Theodore and Mittie s marriage would endure, the family prospered and the two would bequeath their very different gifts but complementary gifts to their their children I loved the story of the Roosevelt brood growing up In particular, the chapter on Teddy s childhood asthma was sensitively and beautifully researched and, as a now cured asthma sufferer, I was struck by how well McCullough captured the terror of those nighttime attacks and how brilliantly he dissects the psychological aspects of the disease I felt like cheering as Teddy emerges from those early shadows as a budding and enthusiastic naturalist, skilled taxidermist and contributor of specimens to one of his father s projects, New York s Museum of Natural History.It was not easy being a Roosevelt child the standards were high and never was selfishness, cruelty, dishonesty or idleness tolerated Mittie and Thee were whirlwinds of energy and activity they had money and, boy, did they now how to use it to the fullest Few 21st century Americans could match the non stop pace and intense focus of the Roosevelts and their entourage whether on a grand tour of Europe, or in New York working 18 or hours a day to better the lot of the thousands of homeless children through the Newsboys Lodging House or helping crippled children through a new orthopedic hospital The second half of Mornings on Horseback covers Teddy s education at Harvard, his early forays into politics, his first marriage and the tragic death of his wife and Mittie on the same day Then comes a wonderful section on Teddy s adventures in the North Dakota Badlands The story gets a little disconnected towards the end as McCullough tries to follow not just young Teddy s career, but also the stories of his brother, Elliot and two sisters, Anna Bamie and Corrine The book delves into pivotal moments in Teddy s early political career and closes with Teddy s second marriage and failed run for mayor of New York City.I m looking forward to learning about TR with two books from Edmund Morris The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt and Theodore Rex


  4. says:

    OK Here s my definition of fanatic After just finishing a wonderful extended look at Teddy Roosevelt post presidency Colonel Roosevelt reviewed here and given 5 Stars last month I went back and re read David McCullough s excellent biography of Teddy s family history and his early years Don t let anyone convince you that nurture isn t a powerful contributor to who we are Not the exclusive contributor Teddy s own brother Elliot bears witness to that but powerful, nonetheless Two tidbits I was reminded of here the strong influence Teddy s Southern mother, Mittie Bulloch Roosevelt, had on his view of the world And the indefatigable ball of energy Roosevelt willed himself to become He wasn t necessarily stronger or right then his opponents, it s just that his stamina was unmatched Reminded me of a family story where one child was coaching another you just have to keep asking, because you never know when they ll say yes In many ways, that is the most transparent and childlike characteristic of this rough rider.


  5. says:

    I love David McCullough He writes books about things you did not know that you needed to know Mornings on Horseback is yet another example of a book about a subject matter I thought I would have no interest in, but I was very wrong.This text is about Teddy Roosevelt s immediate family and his upbringing It ends in the mid 1880s right after his second marriage He is all of 28 years old, and the famous aspects of his life are not even addressed Moreover, it is utterly absorbing reading It is also a bit of a social history on American Victorian life and is endlessly insightful on that subject.McCullough makes it very clear that our immediate family are some of the biggest influences on who we are to become and Teddy s parents and siblings are a fascinating and very accomplished family You will fall in love with Teddy s daddy Theodore Roosevelt senior who was an extraordinary man His death in the text will deflate the reader for a bit And it sneaks up on you, as do many aspects of the book In this manner, the writer remains true to the spirit of life Things just happen no preparation for them is given The insight you get into the man Teddy became is clearly apparent the you learn about his amazing father and mother.Among many highlights of the book are pages 349 350, which contain a speech Teddy Roosevelt gave at a 4th of July celebration in the Dakotas in 1886 Gems like that are scattered throughout the text Mornings on Horseback is a short book, by McCullough s standards, but it is a delight through and through.


  6. says:

    A biography covering the early life of Theodore Roosevelt, from his childhood through his years as a Dakota rancher, this book is also a fascinating account of the entire colorful Roosevelt family and the times in which they lived I could hardly put it down I especially loved the way the author was able to draw such vivid pictures of this dynamic man Roosevelt reading Anna Karenina while guarding thieves at gunpointin horseback and dressed in full dude outfit, telling his cowboys to hasten forward, quickly there back east, in top hat and proper coat, entering his house at full speed and bounding halfway up the staircase before the front door slams shut behind him I found myself inspired by Roosevelt s passionate curiosity and commitment to the strenuous life.


  7. says:

    This might be embarrassing to admit, but whatever This book has a twist, since it starts off talking about a young Theodore Roosevelt It took me maybe 25% of the book to realize that the Theodore Roosevelt that was being discussed at length was President Theodore Roosevelt s father I think listening to this in audio format definitely made this reveal effective, since Teddy , as his parents called him was pronounced TEE DEE.30 min into the book wait I thought he married some woman named Edith.4 hours through the book oh shit, all this time we ve been talking about his dad Our future president is the sickly kid with asthma.I really liked that this focused on Teddy Roosevelt s childhood, from his health issues to his insecurities about ever being able to live up to his father s legacy You really get a sense of the privilege he comes from, as well as what it took for him to become the version of Theodore Roosevelt that has lived on in legend.There was actually very little written about mornings on horseback, and I feel like an idiot because I spent the first 4 hours of this audiobook mixing him up with his dad Still, super interesting view into the early years of one of our most popular presidents.


  8. says:

    This is another great book by one of history s greatest story tellers David McCullough describes the childhood of our 26th president Theodore Roosevelt in Mornings on Horseback with little known details of how Teddy Roosevelt became a great man He begins with Theodore s grandfather whom started the wealthy Roosevelt family His name was Cornelius and he started a glass manufacturing company which was the sole glass making company in New York City in the 1800 s He used this money to buy real estate and eventually opened up a bank named Chemical Bank CVS, as Cornelius was referred to as, preached to always make the best out of every situation CVS was the grandfather and his son Theodore Sr was the future president s father Theodore Sr married a southern lady by the name of Martha Bullock who was referred to as Mittie He was a hard worker in the glass manufacturing family and seemed like a wonderfully attentive father and husband She was also a very lovely doting mother and wife They schooled their four children Elliot, Theodore, Anna referred to as Bamie and Corrine with tutors and they were taught a variety of subjects including foreign languages Theodore took the family on a year long vacation where they visited European countries as well as Egypt Elliot was the older promising son He was smart and strong Theodore suffered from asthma McCullough describes this terrible condition that the young Theodore had to endure vividly Asthma occurs when a person s bronchial tubes constrict making exhaling very difficult It is described as a brutally painful experience where you feel like you are suffocating What is fascinating is that it was discovered that is brought on by psychological factors Theodore would experience it every Sunday when his father was not around Missing his father caused his asthma Theodore Sr ran a very successful business becoming one of the wealthiest business men in New York His dedication, honesty and wealth soon had the New York politicians swooning for his attention He would join what was known as The Half Breeds of the Republican Party attempting to reform the New York customs house s abuse of power But there was a very powerful and entrenched political class running the custom house which became known as the Republican Party s Stalwarts The Stalwarts were led by New York s charismatic intelligent Senator Roscoe Conkling Conkling was described as political savvy good looking man who exercised regular producing an attractive figure He would be Theodore Sr s number one enemy Theodore Sr was invited to the Republican nominating convention along with other Half Breeds They managed to get a sympathetic to their cause Rutherford Hayes nominated as the Republican s nominee for President However, they failed to produce any meaningful customs house reform at the convention Rutherford Hayes would succeed at this as President of the United States in the near future though As Theodore Sr muddled through New York politics, Theodore Jr was sent to Harvard At Harvard Theodore Jr exhumed all knowledge thrown on him He and a buddy would take 30 mile hikes where Theodore Jr would catalog different animal species But after two years at Harvard, the family would be devastated by Theodore Sr s unexpected illness He had stomach cancer and died shortly after discovering it While at Harvard Theodore wrote his first book The Naval War of 1812 Theodore graduated from Harvard and became attracted to politics He ran for a state house seat in New York s state assembly He became a work horse representative He took on a lot of issues and became very respected by his colleagues He then met the love of his life Alice Lee They married and had a beautiful baby daughter also named Alice Two days after baby Alice was born tragedy hit the young Roosevelt family Theodore came home from work at the state assembly and found both his mother and wife sick His mother w succumbed that evening to typhoid fever But shockingly his wife Alice also died the same day, a victim of Bright s disease Theodore continued his whirlwind political career in New York s assembly In 1884 he became a representative from NY in the Republicans nomination convention He fought bitterly against the party s support of James Blaine for President of the United States Blaine won the nomination none the less So Theodore retired and headed to the Dakota s where he owned land He became a rancher in the Badlands of Dakota off and on for three years In the 1880 s this part of the west was legitimately called the wild west He met interesting characters and even rounded up criminals One such character was the Marquis de Mores The Marquis was the dominant presence in the Badlands ranching He was a former member of the French cavalry, he was a superb horse handler and expert shot He was rud to have killed two men in duels while in France He carried a walking stick filled with lead He would raise the stick with one hand, extend and hold it straight out This was done to build strength in his arms Theodore was the other big presence in the badlands Theodore worked long, hard hours and when he finished he would write letters and work on his book entitled Hunting Trips of a Ranchman After three years Theodore abandoned his ranch for good He sold it off and moved back to NYC He surprised the family a short time later by announcing his engagement to Edith Carow They married and had 5 children later He also was willingly conjured up into running for the Mayorship of NYC by his influential acquaintances He lost the election but esteem for his skills still rose This is where David McCullough ended his book In an Afterword chapter he expanded on what happened later to Theodore, his brother and two sisters.Of course, Theodore rose to the Vice Presidency and became President of the United States himself McCullough lists the achievements of his presidency settling of the 1902 coal strike, brokering peace in the Russo Japanese War and the construction of the Panama Canal et al His sister Bamie married at the age of 40 after raising Theodore s daughter and had her own baby at the age of 43 His brother Eliot fell victim to alcoholism and died at the young age of 34 His youngest sister Corrine married and lived long enough to see a cousin elected to the Presidency in 1933.


  9. says:

    My 4th book on Teddy Roosevelt I just can t quit this guy This book was okay but probably could have been called White Privilege The Book instead It does give the reader a good idea about Teddy s upbringing and his family He definitely had some tragedies in his life His first wife and his mother died within hours of each other He also struggled with asthma as a child But most of his early life was that of a filthy rich little kid getting to go on outrageous adventures It s no wonder he turned out the way he did after traveling literally around the world as a young boy Very little political here, but I don t think that s what McCullough was going for Much like his work on Truman , McCullough left me a bit cold.


  10. says:

    I recently finished River of Doubt, the saga of Roosevelt and company exploring a tributary of the He did this after his presidency and after his unsuccessful attempt to regain that presidency in 1912.I had to read What was Roosevelt like as a child What formed him What was his family like I got my questions answered This book than fit the bill.I did listen to most on an abridged audio read by Edward Hermann His voice is mellifluous I am lucky his voice did not put me to sleep as I drove and listened.5 stars that David McCullough sure knows how to write

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