"THE MOST POWERFULLY POSITIVE AMERICAN LEADER SINCE LINCOLN"
ROOSEVELT, Theodore. An Autobiography. New York: Macmillan, 1913. Original navy cloth gilt, mounted cover portrait label, top edge gilt, uncut.
First edition of this autobiography of the 26th U.S. president, with frontispiece portrait, one folding table, and numerous full-page and in-text illustrations.
In May 1898, Roosevelt organized the Rough Riders (officially the First Volunteer U.S. Cavalry Regiment) for the impending war with Spain. He parlayed his victories on the battlefield into victories in the political arena, and was elected governor of New York later in 1898. He rapidly ascended from there: in 1900, he was selected to be McKinley's vice-presidential running mate, and the following year became president, at age 43, upon McKinley's assassination. Nicknamed "Teddy the Trustbuster," as President Roosevelt immediately started anti-trust proceedings against railroad combines and negotiations that allowed coal miners to unionize. In 1904, he was reelected President on his own merits. Roosevelt began his career as a writer while still a student at Harvard. "He possessed the gift of words, though he limited their flow with difficulty; and even when he was moralizing, his force and imagery made him unfailingly interesting" (ANB). At his death in 1919, Roosevelt "left behind a folk consensus that he had been the most powerfully positive American leader since Lincoln" (Morris, Theodore Rex, 555). With three leaves of publisher's advertisements at rear. Wheelock, 12. Owner blindstamp.
Interior fine, scratch to portrait of Roosevelt on front cover. A near-fine copy.