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The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (1979) is a Pulitzer Prize winning biography of President Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris. It is the first in a planned trilogy with the second volume Theodore Rex published in 2001.

The Rise covers the time period from Roosevelt's birth through his ascendancy to the Presidency.[1] It includes the Roosevelt family history starting with his parents influence, his turbulent childhood illnesses, education, involvement in politics and accomplishments in politics that prepared him to be one of the most influential presidents of the modern era. Specific topiocs include the philosophy of Theodore's father, mother, and his family. His passion for learning despite severe illness is well documented. Morris reports that TR probably read the equivalent of one book per day during his life.

Morris examines his life as a young politician driven by a sense of public duty and stewardship, and captures multiple aspects of the events that shaped the character and performance of TR. The book provides insight into the world of influence from a master of corporate power vs. leaders who practice personal power.

Topics include: Early childhood, education and hobbies, travels in Europe and Africa, New York legislature, frontier life, civil service commissioner, New York police commissioner, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, the Rough Riders and victory in Cuba, governor of New York, and short term as Vice President.

Film adaptation

The book will be made into a movie directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Roosevelt. The film is planned to be filmed in some areas of Texas, Washington D.C., New York, and is rumored for some scenes to be filmed in Medfield in eastern Massachusetts. It is slated to be released in 2011.[2]


  1. ^ The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, ISBN 0-375-75678-7 (paperback).
  2. ^ The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (2011)


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