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The rise of a Roman Candle

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by Ron Townsend on July 23, 2007

Before Edmund Morris became famous with his unorthodox Dutch, he wrote of the
rise of Theodore Roosevelt in this book. Roosevelt was a voracious reader from
childhood and had his own zoo of collectible animals. He sufferred from asthma but
overcame that by brute force and boxing, from which he sufferred lost of sight in one eye
during a boxing match in the White house. He was a very likeable boy, teenager and
young man. You always knew where you stood with Roosevelt and if he liked something
it was just "bully." I have the inclination to read biographies only through the beginning
of a subject's important years. In this case it was the beginning of his presidency. I like
to know what made them tick when they were young. Almost all famous people show
signs of their destiny when they are young. And there are late bloomers like Reagan.
Roosevelt was also our first scientist as President. His interest in birds and zoology
was enormous. The only other scientist I can think of is Carter. Anyone wanting to
have a very good idea about Roosevelt will read it in this book. It is absolute not written
in the same vein as Dutch. There are no fictional friends here.
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Reviewed by Ron Townsend


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