Theodore Roosevelt Hunter-Conservationist reflects the zest for life that was so powerfully characteristic of TR. For decades, Roosevelt's big game hunting books have been among the most often quoted and reprinted of works in that genre. But no definitive biography of Roosevelt as the consummate hunter, outdoorsman and arms enthusiast existed until R.L. Wilson's pioneering work. Biographers who fail to comprehend Theodore Roosevelt's dedication to that world have missed an essential, and central, component of Roosevelt's life.
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Advance Praise for Theodore Roosevelt Hunter-Conservationist
Ken Burns, filmmaker, The National Parks: America's Best Idea: “One would be hard pressed to find a more interesting or energetic figure in all of American history than Theodore Roosevelt, and this wonderful book captures that spirit completely, especially his joy and concern for the natural world.”
General (Ret.) H. Norman Schwarzkopf: “Theodore Roosevelt lives and breathes in this unique biography, which richly chronicles his exceptional outdoor life and adventures. As a dedicated sportsman and enthusiast of firearms and the shooting sports, TR set the perfect standard of behavior for his contemporaries, and for future generations. All Americans are fortunate to have such an exemplary, productive and multi-faceted life―as captured in this book―revealing of the many and varied ways that natural wonders―and fine guns―can be experienced, and appreciated.”
Michael Korda, author of Ike and Ulysses S. Grant: “...a book that everybody who is interested in hunting, conservation, historic firearms, and TR himself should own and will enjoy, and further proof of R.L. Wilson's unique place as a scholar, historian, firearms expert, and writer of vision about the American landscape and its wildlife, and the importance of preserving them both.”
Theodore Roosevelt IV, great grandson of Theodore Roosevelt: “What would be for most people mere ‘interests' were for President Roosevelt enthusiasms of the highest order, whether it was for ‘ships, ships, ships, ships' or the cowboy life or the great outdoors. If you aren't in the Navy or never roped a cow or never tracked an elk, it is sometimes difficult to imagine how these activities can become part of sinew and muscle, heart and soul. This book gives the reader that view and tells the story of how the art of hunting (from the choice of firearm to observation in the field) came to form a robust conservation ethic. It is an important addition to the Roosevelt library.”
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, Rice University and author of The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America: “Historian R.L. Wilson has done a fine job presenting Theodore Roosevelt as our nation's great conservationist. Using TR's hunting adventures as his guiding light, Wilson offers the reader a fresh window into what made our 26th President tick.”
Norm Flayderman, author of Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms and Their Values: “R.L. Wilson has created a work worthy of a prime place on the bookshelves of every arms enthusiast, hunter, outdoorsman, and conservationist.”From the Inside Flap:
Theodore Roosevelt Hunter-Conservationist reflects the zest for life that was so powerfully characteristic of TR. For decades, Roosevelt's big game hunting books have been among the most often quoted and reprinted of works in that genre. But no illustrated biography of Roosevelt as the consummate hunter, outdoorsman, and arms enthusiast existed until this pioneering work.
With insights from acclaimed producer, director, and screenwriter John Milius (Rough Riders, The Wind and the Lion, Red Dawn, Dillinger, Apocalypse Now, et al.), this monumental book captures the adventurous outdoor life of the hunter, rancher, explorer, soldier, statesman, author, conservationist, and wholly visionary 26th President of the United States.
As a dedicated conservationist, Roosevelt will forever be a heroic figure to America's outdoorsmen. A combination of sportsman and naturalist, TR was as serious about his hunting as he was about conservation of the world's natural resources.
This book's striking illustrations draw on historical images and original documents from various Roosevelt archives ― Harvard University, the Library of Congress, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, and the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace Historic Site. Lavish in every way, Theodore Roosevelt Hunter-Conservationist presents a sweeping view of TR's unique legacy as an international hunter and adventurer, and his unrivaled achievements as history's foremost conservationist.
TR's stewardship, sportsmanship, and leadership have set the standard of excellence and responsibility for humankind's wise use of wilderness resources, a matter of particular significance in modern times.
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