Theodore Roosevelt and the Rise of Modern America (Dutton, 2007)

Theodore Roosevelt and the Rise of Modern America

Albert Marrin

The first modern president, Theodore Roosevelt is also one of the most colorful and influential figures in American history. His far-reaching policies abroad and at home forever changed both our nation’s place in the world and the life of every modern American. His legacy includes educating Americans about the conservation of natural resources, championing the right of every citizen to a square deal, and encouraging a growing nation to become a world power. The dramatic story of a young nation and a great leader are woven by Albert Marrin to both explore this American icon’s genius and courage, as well as his tragedies and flaws.


"Bully! Marrin does it again, this time with a survey of Roosevelt's robust contribution to our country's political history and to the office of the presidency itself. Born into a rapidly changing industrial America, Roosevelt expanded the influence of the executive branch to tackle labor disputes, corporate monopolies, and environmental conservation. Marrin states that,"... in a sense we still live in the America he helped to shape," Even these triumphs, however, often pale in contrast to the man's repute as a sportsman, a hunter, and an architect of America's awesome global power. He despised "sissies," traitors, and fools; he shot an elephant in Africa and ate its roasted heart; he sent a fleet of 26 ships around the world to flaunt the muscle of the United States Navy. By his own account, Roosevelt loathed violence and bloodshed; however, he did not shy away from shrewd or honest battles; even years after his presidency, he insisted that America should join the Allied Forces in World War1. Marrin does justice to his subject's complex nature. The large-format text is replete with archival photos of early 20th-century America, political cartoons, and portraits of the Roosevelt family. Students may consult the index to locate specific information for assignments, but any fan of history or sociology will read the biography from cover to cover.

—School Library Journal

I have read a lot about Roosevelt and didn't expect to learn much new, but being an Albert Marrin fan, decided to read the book anyway. Well, being an Albert Marrin fan, I should have known I would be learning a lot even if I had read a lot about Roosevelt. The reason being, he doesn't just focus on TR, he also talks a lot about the times in which he lived and the people around TR. This would be an excellent read for a high schooler studying US history or the 20th century. I would make any of Albert Marrin's works must reading for those in honor classes or AP

—Amazon Review