WHEN TRUMPETS CALL: Theodore Roosevelt After the White House

Patricia O'Toole, Author . Simon & Schuster $30 (512p) ISBN 978-0-684-86477-8

Numerous books—most notably Joseph L. Gardner's classic Departing Glory: Theodore Roosevelt as Ex-President —have addressed TR's 10 years of postpresidential life (1909–1919), which will also be the focus of the final installment in Edmund Morris's monumental three-volume biography. While coming up with little in the way of news, O'Toole (The Five of Hearts: An Intimate Portrait of Henry Adams and His Friends ) is straightforward and accurate, satisfactorily narrating the well-worn facts of TR's growing dissatisfaction with his hand-chosen successor, William Howard Taft; his own failed bid to return to the White House as a progressive candidate in 1912, and his nearly fatal 1914 exploration of Brazil's River of Doubt. Equally workmanlike is O'Toole's sketching of TR's clashes with the Wilson administration and the drama of his sending four sons off to war (three returned). It's in her consideration of the 50-year-old TR's safari through British East Africa in 1909 that O'Toole takes her narrative beyond earlier accounts via access to the previously unavailable papers of Sir Alfred Pease, TR's host for a significant slice of time in today's Kenya. One wishes she'd expanded her consideration of TR's adventures with Pease and others and made this into a more vivid and interesting book than this one. 16 pages of b&w photos not seen by PW . Agent, Elaine Markson. (Mar.)

Reviewed on: 01/10/2005
Release date: 03/01/2005
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