Roosevelt vs. Taft. Who knew something so “trivial” could be so interesting and detailed to warrant such a number of pages. But it is. The author sweeps readers into another era that leads one through political circles and beyond.
This was a timely read for President’s Day. A very heavy book but informative as well. I must admit: The only reason I have even a smidgen of interest in this story was it’s Titanic connection by way of Archibald Butt who as we all know perished in the shipping disaster. The book was being tossed around in Titanic circles some time before it was een released and being the sucker I am for all things Titanic I fell for it hook line and sinker. While it does dwell mostly on Teddy Roosevelt and William Taft there’s enough in there to interest Titanic buffs. Though if you’re just interested in Butt George Behe’s volumes would be a better bet. Doris Kearns Goodwin has also had some issues in the past after she was found to have been guilt of plagiarism. As the whole political setting isn’t something I am informed on to comment with any degree of certainty I cannot say what in this book is true and what – if any – is not. It’s well-written there’s no doubt about that it is just recommended that one reads with caution.
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