Becoming Teddy Roosevelt: How a Maine Guide Inspired America's 26th President

Becoming Teddy Roosevelt How a Maine Guide Inspired America s th President This inspirational tale of friendship and determination also sheds new light on the role of the mentor s mentor Discover why this friendship was so crucial to Roosevelt s development as a man and a pr

  • Title: Becoming Teddy Roosevelt: How a Maine Guide Inspired America's 26th President
  • Author: Andrew Vietze
  • ISBN: 9780892727841
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This inspirational tale of friendship and determination also sheds new light on the role of the mentor s mentor Discover why this friendship was so crucial to Roosevelt s development as a man and a president and why it still matters today.

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    1. A must read for those of us from the County!! I learned a lot of history about Island Falls, Dyer Brook and Bill Sewall. Makes me want to plan another vacation home so dad can take me on another adventure to Bible Point:). @Laurie and Mom, you definitely need to read this book!!!

    2. This is a short, concise book that focuses entirely on the relationship between Theodore Roosevelt and Maine woodsman William Sewall. Its objective is thus very limited, but it achieves its purpose very well, which is the reason for my high rating. The book's emphasis is on the times that the two men spent together, first in Maine when TR was a student at Harvard, and then in the years after his first wife's death when Roosevelt built and worked his ranch in North Dakota. There are sections that [...]

    3. Theodore Roosevelt was a sickly child who suffered from severe asthma. Despite his weakness and ill health, he was brought up in a loving home with parents and kin who fostered his obvious intellectual gifts and quest for never ending learning. To compensate for his physical weakness, his parents sent him to Island Falls, Maine-a woodsman's dream paradise-hoping that the fresh mountain and woodsy air of Maine would rejuvenate his physical frailty. When introduced to his guide, Bill Sewall, a qui [...]

    4. Many people know that Teddy Roosevelt was a sickly child that became a robust, outdoors-man, naturalist and leader. A large part of that transformation is told in his relationship with Bill Sewall. Friends matter and Sewall's roles and guide, mentor, and supporter in Roosevelt's life were significant. The story of Roosevelt's Dakota years following the deaths of his wife and mother with 24 hours of each other can't be told without examining the role of Sewall. This book is an excellent follow-up [...]

    5. Most fans of Theodore Roosevelt know the story of how he transformed himself from a frail, timid child into a man known for his physical strength and moral courage. Vietze focuses on the impact of Bill Sewall, a Maine guide, who first met TR in 1878 on his first trip to Maine. Sewall remained TR's mentor and friend for the next 40 years, even following the future President into the Badlands of the Dakota Territory to be cattlemen. An enjoyable book and excellent addition to my Roosevelt collecti [...]

    6. Enjoyed reading about a man who had an impact on the 26th president's life and how he remained his loyal friend all of his life. Sad to hear how even back then, the media did not care how they portrayed people if it sold papers. An interesting quote from Bill Sewall "Most people have the idea that he was a strong man. He was far from that; he was physically weak all his life, but never let it be known except to those with whom he was most intimate. The reason people did not know about it was he [...]

    7. Teddy Roosevelt climbed Katahdin in moccasins because he lost a boot crossing a river?! Gosh! And that is such a hard hike too and that's with boots and, presumably, clearer trails now. Bill Sewall of Island Falls, ME, was Roosevelt's guide and a formative influence when Roosevelt was a young man. This is one of the most positive profiles that I have ever read of anyone! Kind of refreshing but does lead one to believe that Sewall was a saint! Now maybe I'll get around to reading that doorstop bi [...]

    8. A really neat perspective on Teddy Roosevelt from his good friend and confidante, Bill Sewall Maine guide from Island Falls. What a trip to be reading about a place so close to where we live now and so close to where I used to live! This is a great intro or follow-up to "Mornings on Horse Back" by David McCullough.

    9. The author focuses on the relationship between TR and a Maine outdoorsman who became a lifelong friend. The book isn't intended as an in-depth examination of Roosevelt's life, but instead focuses on a relationship that usually isn't fully developed in larger biographies. Nicely written, although sometimes the author seemed to be stretching his material.

    10. Interesting insight into life of Teddy Roosevelt from a different perspective, that of an adventurous recreationalist. My love of all things Maine and of American history drew me to the book. It reads quickly and enjoyably.

    11. Great gift from my wife from her trip to Maine since she knows I love reading presidential history. This one gives great insight into on of TRs role models in life. This is a great read on the formative years of TR and the legendary guide Sewall from The north woods.

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