Heir to the Empire City

New York and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt
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Product Number: DD4621
Released: Dec 10, 2013
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ISBN: #9781482946932
Narrator/s: Nick Sullivan
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Theodore Roosevelt is best remembered as America's prototypical "cowboy" president-a Rough Rider who derived his political wisdom from a youth spent in the untamed American West. But while the great outdoors certainly shaped Roosevelt's identity, historian Edward P. Kohn argues that it was his hometown of New York that made him the progressive president we celebrate today. During his early political career, Roosevelt took on local Republican factions and Tammany Hall Democrats alike, proving his commitment to reform at all costs. He combated the city's rampant corruption and helped to guide New York through the perils of rabid urbanization and the challenges of accommodating an influx of immigrants-experiences that would serve him well as president of the United States. A riveting account of a man and a city on the brink of greatness, Heir to the Empire City reveals that Roosevelt's true education took place not in the West but on the mean streets of nineteenth-century New York.

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Author(s): Edward P. Kohn
Narrator(s): Nick Sullivan
Product Number Z100094385
Released: Jun 16, 2015
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ISBN: #9781481595971

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"We know a great deal about TRÕs national profile, but this book takes listeners back to where he began his political career: New York. We follow Roosevelt through the muck of partisan politics and the development of his progressive streak, which vaulted him to national prominence. Nick Sullivan has a deep, rich authoritative baritone that he uses to bring the original Òmanly manÓ to life. He paces himself well, and he presents every word in a crystal-clear voice, making the book easy to understand and follow. But SullivanÕs efforts plateau rather early in the book as he takes a stilted, too formal manner for a history such as this. TR was an adventurer and risk taker, and, as narrator, Sullivan plays it too safe. R.I.G. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"