A detailed narrative with the page-turning energy of a good novel, probably because of the burning energy of the subject. Teddy Roosevelt was an explorer, an adventurer, a voracious reader, a classicist, and a brilliant bulldog of a politician who went after what he wanted, damn the torpedoes and political correctness, a notion he would never had heard of or would have given two cents about if he had. He was also a bit of a nut who probably never would have survived in today's political climate because he would have offended every disenfranchised group out there. He overcame seriously ill health as a boy and as a young man simply because he was determined not to be held back. Morris details TR's inexorable climb to political power through the grimy precincts of New York City and into the halls of the Albany statehouse and the US. Navy, not to mention learning the ropes of ranching and hunting out west, where he proved himself to be as capable as those who belonged there. This is an extremely well-researched and well written study of Roosevelt's rise to power.