Theodore Rex is the story—never fully told before—of Theodore Roosevelt
’s two world-changing terms as President of the United States. A hundred years before the catastrophe of September 11, 2001, “TR” succeeded to power in the aftermath of an act of terrorism
. Youngest of all our chief executives, he rallied a stricken nation with his superhuman energy, charm, and political skills. He proceeded to combat the problems of race and labor relations
and trust control while making the Panama Canal possible and winning the Nobel Peace Prize. But his most historic achievement remains his creation of a national conservation policy, and his monument millions of acres of protected parks and forest. Theodore Rex ends with TR leaving office, still only fifty years old, his future reputation secure as one of our greatest presidents.
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Theodore Roosevelt was a progressive political leader, conservationist, war hero and adventurer. The assassination of William McKinley in 1901 catapulted Teddy Roosevelt from the obscurity of the vice-presidency into the White House. The American labor movement began tentatively during the Industrial Revolution and reached maturity during the New Deal with the support of and for FDR.