Further Reading: Books About (And By) Theodore Roosevelt
If you're enjoying what you're learning on History Vs. Theodore Roosevelt, we suggest checking out these books about—and a few of them by—our 26th president. Make sure to subscribe to the podcast here!
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
The first book in Morris’s trilogy covers TR’s years from birth to the vice presidency.
Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris
The second book in Morris’s trilogy covers TR’s seven years in the White House.
Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
The final book in the trilogy focuses on Roosevelt’s post-presidential years.
Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life by Kathleen Dalton
A fascinating one-volume biography of Roosevelt.
The Wars of the Roosevelts: The Ruthless Rise of America’s Greatest Political Family by William J. Mann
In addition to covering the big three Roosevelts—TR, FDR, and Eleanor—this must-read book features the Roosevelt siblings and cousins, revealing secrets and feuds within this famous family.
Theodore Roosevelt's Ghost: The History and Memory of an American Icon by Michael Cullinane
An analysis of Roosevelt’s legacy.
The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America by Douglas Brinkley
A look at TR’s life from a naturalist perspective.
Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt’s Doomed Quest to Clean up Sin-Loving New York by Richard Zacks
A look at TR’s time as police commissioner of New York.
Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense: The Courtroom Battle to Save His Legacy by Dan Abrams and David Fisher
This book covers when Roosevelt was accused of libel, and took the stand in his own defense.
Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation by Deborah Davis
An account of the lives of Roosevelt and Booker T. Washington, and their relationship—including their dinner, which made history.
Theodore Roosevelt in the Badlands: A Young Politician's Quest for Recovery in the American West by Roger L. Di Silvestro
Di Silvestro’s book covers TR’s time as a rancher in the Dakotas, where he retreated after the deaths of his wife and mother and a rough end to his career as an assemblyman.
Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life, and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt by David McCullough
This National Book Award–winning biography takes on TR’s early years.
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard
An account of Roosevelt’s journey down an uncharted tributary of the Amazon—during which he almost died.
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin
A look at the relationship between Roosevelt and his successor, Taft, a one-time friend who became an enemy.
A Passion to Lead: Theodore Roosevelt in His Own Words by Edited by Laura Ross
Selections from Roosevelt’s writings accompanied by gorgeous photographs.
Hunting Trips of a Ranchman by Theodore Roosevelt
Roosevelt on hunting.
Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail by Theodore Roosevelt
Roosevelt on his time as a rancher in the Dakotas.
Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography by Theodore Roosevelt
This book, published in 1913, is Roosevelt's life in his own words.
Theodore Roosevelt: Letters and Speeches
This book features four famous speeches and more than 350 letters written by TR to family, friends, and diplomats between 1881 and 1919.