The Loves of Theodore Roosevelt

The Women Who Created a President

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Pub Date May 07 2024 | Archive Date May 07 2024

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A spirited and poignant family love story, revealing how an icon of rugged American masculinity was profoundly shaped by the women in his life, especially his mother, sisters, and wives.

Theodore Roosevelt wrote in his senior thesis for Harvard in 1880 that women ought to be paid equal to men and have the option of keeping their maiden names upon marriage. It’s little surprise he’d be a feminist, given the women he grew up with.

His mother, Mittie, was witty and decisive, a Southern belle raising four young children in New York while her husband spent long stretches away with the Union Army. Theodore’s college sweetheart and first wife, Alice—so vivacious she was known as Sunshine—steered her beau away from science (he’d roam campus with taxidermy specimen in his pockets) and towards politics. Older sister Bamie would soon become her brother’s key political strategist and advisor; journalists called her Washington, DC, home “the little White House.” Younger sister Conie served as her brother’s press secretary before the role existed, slipping stories of his heroics in Cuba and his rambunctious home life to reporters to create the legend of the Rough Rider we remember today. And Edith—Theodore’s childhood playmate and second wife—would elevate the role of presidential spouse to an American institution, curating both the White House and her husband’s legacy.

A dazzling and lyrical look at one America’s most significant presidents as we’ve never seen him before, The Loves of Theodore Roosevelt celebrates five extraordinary yet unsung women who opened the door to the American Century and pushed Theodore Roosevelt through it.
A spirited and poignant family love story, revealing how an icon of rugged American masculinity was profoundly shaped by the women in his life, especially his mother, sisters, and wives.

Theodore...

Advance Praise

"A fascinating celebration of women who helped make an iconic president."

— Kirkus Reviews

"An elegant and illuminating account of the human side of one of the most consequential Americans in our history."

— Jon Meacham, New York Times bestselling author of And There Was Light

"n extraordinary portrait of the women who nurtured, advised, and propelled one of America’s most compelling leaders."

—Susan Page, New York Times bestselling author of The Matriarch

"A fascinating celebration of women who helped make an iconic president."

— Kirkus Reviews

"An elegant and illuminating account of the human side of one of the most consequential Americans in our...


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