The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

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The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (1979) is a biography of United States President Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris and published by Coward, McCann & Geoghegan when the author was forty years old. It is the first in a trilogy continued more than twenty and thirty years later by Theodore Rex (2001) and Colonel Roosevelt (2010). It won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography[1] and the 1980 National Book Award in Biography.[2][a]


The Rise covers the time from Roosevelt's birth through his ascendancy to the Presidency.[3] It includes the Roosevelt family history starting with his parents influence, his turbulent childhood illnesses, education, involvement in politics and accomplishments in politics that prepared him to be one of the most influential presidents of the modern era. Specific topics include the philosophy of Roosevelt's father, mother, and his family. His passion for learning despite severe illness is well documented. Morris reports that Roosevelt probably read the equivalent of one book per day during his life.

Morris examines his life as a young politician driven by a sense of public duty and stewardship, and captures multiple aspects of the events that shaped the character and performance of Roosevelt. The book provides insight into the world of influence from a master of corporate power as opposed to leaders who practice personal power.

Topics include early childhood, education and hobbies, travels in Europe and Africa, New York legislature, frontier life, civil service commissioner, New York police commissioner, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, the Rough Riders and victory in Cuba, governor of New York, and short term as vice-president.

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A planned film adaptation by director Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio was scheduled to be released in 2013.[4] However, that project has been abandoned before being revived in 2017.[5]


  1. ^ This was the 1980 award for hardcover Biography.
    From 1980 to 1983 in National Book Award history there were dual hardcover and paperback awards in most categories, and multiple nonfiction subcategories. Most of the paperback award-winners were reprints, including the 1980 Biography.


  1. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes: 1980 Winners and Finalists". Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  2. ^ "National Book Awards – 1980". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-16.
  3. ^ The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, ISBN 0-375-75678-7 (paperback).
  4. ^ The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (2013) on IMDb
  5. ^ Grossberg, Joshua (17 September 2013). "Leonardo DiCaprio to Play President Woodrow Wilson in Biopic". Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  • The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan. 1979. ISBN 0-375-75678-7.

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