Friday, April 16, 2010

Mornings on Horseback

About fifteen years ago I got on a Theodore Roosevelt kick and read several biographies of him and about his wives and children. Somehow I missed David McCullough's book, Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life, and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt. I'm so glad Sherry at Semicolon recommended it as the March Book Club selection.

The subtitle tells it all, but the most appealing element of this book to me was the portrayal/biography of the family from which Theodore Roosevelt came. It's easy to forget that one's family plays an important role in shaping one - and David McCullough does an excellent job of showing how T.R.'s parents, siblings, and extended family helped to make him who he became.

I loved it.



Blogger BubblesandMoney said...

one of my favorites!

7:55 PM  
Blogger ibeeeg said...

I am about 1/4 of the way through this book. I am so far liking the read very much. I do like the flow of the writing. My problem, I am not a huge non-fiction reader so these type of reads go very slow for me.

9:42 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

I developed a new appreciation of T. Roosevelt after watching Ken Burns' PBS special National Parks. I had forgotten the important role he played in the development of our National Park system. I'll have to look for this book at the library. Thanks, Laura.

3:10 PM  

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