Friday, July 07, 2006

Carry a Big Stick: The Uncommon Heroism of Theodore Roosevelt
By George Grant

I zipped through the biographical portion of this book. Even if the subject matter were not so interesting, I think this author would be able to hold his reader’s attention. He has a wide vocabulary, and the ability to find just the right word to make a sentence come alive. I admire authors who do not stick to the conventional handful of adjectives and who make full use of the language!

Before I read this book, my knowledge of Teddy Roosevelt was rather limited. I pictured a large man in glasses advising the world to “carry a big stick”. I’m not sure if he had a stuffed bear in his hand…but it was certainly nearby!

But there was much more to this man than the caricatured image in my mind. The quality that stood out to me the most as I read of his life was his intense dedication to whatever task lay before him. He lived his life to the full—in fact, he accomplished more than many lives put together. Not only did he hold the widely varied posts of newspaper editor, U.S. Army colonel, governor, and president, but he also authored many books, had a vast knowledge of science, and, perhaps most amazing of all, maintained a healthy and exemplary family life.

Roosevelt’s love and respect for his father was his driving force. His father was his hero, and he spent his life trying to live up to the standard he had set for him.

I finished this book challenged to make the most of every minute, reminded of the primary importance of family, and inspired to read more than ever. (Did you know that Roosevelt read 5 books nearly every week of his life?!)

Thanks again, Peter!


Sherrin said...

I have enjoyed some of the other books in the Leaders in Action series. I found them very gripping. They are not all written by Grant, but I think he is the editor of the whole series. I highly recommend the Leaders in Action books on Robert E. Lee and George Whitefield.

Kara Dekker said...

I've read the one on Robert E. Lee also. It was excellent! At the time I was reading just about anything I could get my hands on about the War Between the States...