Roosevelt’s reputation as a president has rocketed upward in recent decades. Gould’s book is a good reminder that Roosevelt’s presidency was pivotal—Teddy helped turn the office into the imperial institution of today. Gould also makes plain that Roosevelt was a complex figure with some colossal shortcomings—most obviously egomania.
It is an exceedingly trim volume—just 104 pages. The book has its virtues, but with its trim size comes limitations of coverage… (read more)