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Patricia O'Toole is the author of five books, including The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made, When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt after the White House, and The Five of Hearts: An Intimate Portrait of Henry Adams and His Friends, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A former professor in the School of the Arts at Columbia University and a fellow of the Society of American Historians, she lives in Camden, Maine.

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Like an athlete unable to quit the sport that brought fame and self-fulfillment, Theodore Roosevelt found his return to private life after the presidency a disaster for him, his family, and the Republican Party. His two greatest errors were renouncing another presidential bid after completing McKinley's second term and then winning the 1904 election on his own and his running as a third-party candidate in 1912, which split the Republican Party and delivered the presidency to Woodrow Wilson. O'Toole (The Five of Hearts: An Intimate Portrait of Henry Adams and Friends) adeptly revisits this story, uncovering previously unexploited material and presenting a fuller and more sympathetic account. O'Toole presents Roosevelt as that rare individual who fulfilled himself through the political arena, finding that life without political power made him feel useless. She makes a convincing argument that TR's attacks on the Wilson administration during World War I were both merited and ultimately vindicated. While this story has been told before (see, e.g., Joseph L. Gardner's Departing Glory), O'Toole has written the definitive account of TR's postpresidential years. TR's broad popularity as a subject, the centennial of his presidency, and the accessibility of the author's writing make this an essential purchase for general and academic collections.-William D. Pederson, Louisiana State Univ., Shreveport Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

A triumph of high achievement, one no history buff, nor anyone fascinated with character, should miss. -- Jay Strafford, Richmond Times Dispatch
Compelling storytelling and magnificent research bring alive once more Roosevelt in all his overflowing and boisterous energy. -- The Boston Globe
Incisive analysis of Roosevelt's emeritus decade. While Ms. O'Toole clearly appreciates Roosevelt's accomplishments, she also has a keen eye for the hubris and scheming that were so central to his nature. -- Janet Maslin, The New York Times
O'Toole has written the definitive account of TR's postpresidential years. -- Library Journal
Reads like an elegantly written novel. . . . Delectable stories and fine historical writing fill O'Toole's pages. . . . I see O'Toole's marvelous study as a must read for anyone who loves or hates TR. Her compelling storytelling and magnificent research bring alive once more Roosevelt in all his overflowing and boisterous energy. -- Kathleen Dalton, The Boston Globe
Splendid. . . . O'Toole brings eloquence and keen psychological insight to a familiar subject; the result is a lovely, unpretentiously learned tale of a great man who could never master his own ambition. -- Jon Meacham, Newsweek

Numerous books-most notably Joseph L. Gardner's classic Departing Glory: Theodore Roosevelt as Ex-President-have addressed TR's 10 years of postpresidential life (1909-1919), which will also be the focus of the final installment in Edmund Morris's monumental three-volume biography. While coming up with little in the way of news, O'Toole (The Five of Hearts: An Intimate Portrait of Henry Adams and His Friends) is straightforward and accurate, satisfactorily narrating the well-worn facts of TR's growing dissatisfaction with his hand-chosen successor, William Howard Taft; his own failed bid to return to the White House as a progressive candidate in 1912, and his nearly fatal 1914 exploration of Brazil's River of Doubt. Equally workmanlike is O'Toole's sketching of TR's clashes with the Wilson administration and the drama of his sending four sons off to war (three returned). It's in her consideration of the 50-year-old TR's safari through British East Africa in 1909 that O'Toole takes her narrative beyond earlier accounts via access to the previously unavailable papers of Sir Alfred Pease, TR's host for a significant slice of time in today's Kenya. One wishes she'd expanded her consideration of TR's adventures with Pease and others and made this into a more vivid and interesting book than this one. 16 pages of b&w photos not seen by PW. Agent, Elaine Markson. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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