• Theodore Roosevelt in the Badlands

  • A Young Politician's Quest for Recovery in the American West
  • By: Roger L. Di Silvestro
  • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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Theodore Roosevelt in the Badlands

By: Roger L. Di Silvestro
Narrated by: Tristan Morris
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Theodore Roosevelt in the Badlands chronicles the turbulent years Roosevelt spent as a rancher in the Badlands of Dakota Territory, following the sudden deaths on February 14, 1884, of his wife, two days after giving birth, and of his mother. Grief-stricken - and driven by doubts about his career after failed attempts as a reformer fighting political corruption -the young, Harvard-educated New York politician left his infant daughter in his sister's care and went to live on a Badlands ranch he had bought a year earlier. Drawing on Roosevelt's own accounts and on diverse archives, Roger Di Silvestro tells the exciting story of how the character and commitment of the future president and conservationist were forged during roundups, bronco busting, fist fights, grizzly bear hunts, and encounters with horse thieves as the Old West drew to its end. In the dramatic life story of Theodore Roosevelt, few adventures exceed those that he found in the Badlands.

©2011 Roger L. Di Silvestro (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Outstanding

One of the most interesting stories I've heard. Understand the shaping of one GREAT American! Well Done! Some editing issues

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Epic

Highly recommend. They don't make men like this anymore. Great delivery, great story. Very worth the purchase

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A good read

Theodore Roosevelt in the Badlands

I must admit I did not learn a great deal I was not aware of in this book…but then like many others, I have read extensively about President Roosevelt.

However, the author did an excellent job of focusing on the western aspect of TR’s life, and how the west rejuvenated a man who had all but given up due to several tragedies.

As the president himself said, if it had not been for the experience he gained in the Dakotas, he likely would never have been a Rough Rider, Governor, or President.

This book is well worth your time. The author is honest, presenting TR’s failings along with his accomplishments.