TR’s Last War:
Theodore Roosevelt, The Great War,
and a Journey of Triumph and Tragedy
From David Pietrusza,
the award-winning author
The Year of the
Six Presidents
David Pietrusza
From Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot
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An amazingly fresh approach to a much covered subject….

A riveting new account of Theodore Roosevelt’s impassioned crusade for military
preparedness as America fitfully stumbles into World War I, spectacularly punctuated
by his unique tongue-lashings of the vacillating Woodrow Wilson, his rousing
advocacy of a masculine, pro-Allied “Americanism,” a death-defying compulsion for
personal front-line combat, a perilously rapprochement with GOP power brokers—
and, yes, perhaps, even another presidential campaign. Roosevelt is a towering
Greek god of war. But Greek gods begat Greek tragedies. His own entreaties to don
the uniform are rebuffed, and he remains stateside. But his four sons fight “over
there” with heartbreaking consequences: two are wounded; his youngest and most
loved child dies in aerial combat. Yet, though grieving and weary, TR may yet
surmount everything with one monumentally odds-defying last triumph. Poised at the
very brink of a final return to the White House, death stills his indomitable spirit.

TR’s Last War unveils a sweeping epic not of a lion in winter but a Bull Moose
bellowing at a blazing global inferno’s very gates—and ready for one final stampede

Praise for TR's Last War:

    "magisterially rigorous ... Pietrusza's prose is sharply buoyant and transparent
    ... the story unfolds almost in novelistic fashion ... a fine scholarly achievement:
    psychologically searching, scrupulously devoted to accuracy, and dramatically
    gripping.... captivating"Kirkus Reviews

    "Heart-breaking, thought provoking and gripping with a large measure of wit,
    David Pietrusza's new "TR's Last War" transports us to those few tragic years,  
    1916-1919,when America faced two visions of the future. Woodrow Wilson's
    oratorical Utopianism. Or Theodore Roosevelt's Bully Pulpit chauvinism. The
    outcome was a surprise."Syndicated Radio Host John Batchelor

    "Get [David] Pietrusza's new book, 'TR's Last War' today!"CNN Contributor
    Matt K. Lewis

    "absolutely terrific. All sorts of new info about Teddy Roosevelt and a time in his
    life very few people know about. . . . I can't recommend this gem . . . enough. It's
    absolutely wonderful."Frank Morano (AM970, NYC)

    "As much biography as history, David Pietrusza's book reveals the man and his
    world in meticulous and scrupulous complexity. . . . a riveting narrative that does
    full justice to the triumphs and the sorrows of Theodore Roosevelt's life."The
    University Bookman

    "David Pietrusza has that rare gift of having history read like a novel. The
    insults, the egos, the triumphs are all there as we read about the most colorful
    of all presidents."Author Michael Malice

    "penetrating . . .incisive . . . Pietrusza . . . firmly guides us through the ins and
    outs of Roosevelt's tightly woven rug of life with impeccable sourcing..."

    "Thank you, David Pietrusza! I have read literally dozens of books about TR
    and have volumes of all his letters, so what a joy to uncover new views of his
    majestic life in TR's Last War."Dean Karayanis, History Author Show

    "a great read"Author Pat Williams

    "Yet another outstanding work from an exceptionally talented author. Best
    historical non-fiction of 2018 (so far!) [August 29, 2018]
    ". . . One of Pietrusza's many strengths as a writer is his ability to convey to the
    reader a clear picture of his subject's personality, making us feel as if we have
    an understanding of who the complex and multifaceted Roosevelt really was, as
    if we know TR intimately. His description of Roosevelt's last days and the detail
    of his suffering and incapacity is exceptionally set out. Saving the best for last,
    the author concludes with a unique yet well-considered theory about
    Roosevelt's last days, one which Pietrusza acknowledges to be nothing more
    than speculation, submitted for the reader to consider and do with what he or
    she will. It is delicious food for thought and is a fitting dessert to a delectable
    historical biography.
    "In light of David Pietrusza's past successes as an author writing about
    presidential history, one wonders what he will do next and how he can possibly
    top (or even equal) his previous work. That is something to wonder about in the
    context of his next book. In TR's Last War, he once again lives up to his literary
    gold standard of making the history of past presidents come to life in a manner
    that engages and delights his readers."

    "This book sparkles. The most enjoyable book about TR I’ve ever read. It
    sparkles with fascinating stories and insights into one of America’s most
    interesting and complex politicians. Unlike other volumes written by historians
    that gush all over their subjects, Pietrusza provides a balanced treatment. Well
    worth reading."Ron Faucheux, Author and former editor of Campaigns &
    Elections Magazine

    "Riveting."Blanquita Cullum, former President of the National
    Association of Radio Talk Show Hosts

    "Delicious."Author and podcaster Halli Casser-Jayne

    "TR's Last War by America's best historian, David Pietrusza, is everything you
    wanted to know about Theodore Roosevelt and about America in the beginning
    of 20th century."Author Ivan Denisov

    "Very eye opening! I love how TR's Last War illuminates a period of TR’s life
    other historians gloss over. TR is less of a hero to me now, but more real."
    Author Liz Clare

    "Very well written & engaging. Neither hagiographic nor defaming but well
    balanced"Author Talbot Davis

    "I've really enjoyed the book, and I recommend it."Bob Cudmore, "The
    Historians" Podcast

    "'TR's Last War' is an insightful read into what political and social life was like in
    our country a century ago. It's well worth the trip.""The Village Peephole"
    Blog, Village Library of Cooperstown (NY)

    "well-researched, well-written"Richard Haven (WFAW, Fort Atkinson, WI)

TR's Last War features an incredible cast of characters including:

  • Theodore and Edith Roosevelt.
  • The  four Roosevelt brothers (Ted Jr., Archie, the moody, alcoholic
    Kermit, and the doomed beloved youngest son Quentin).
  • Fiery daughter Alice Roosevelt "Princess Alice" Longworth.
  • Ambitious young Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • Woodrow and Edith Wilson.
  • Ex-President William Howard "Big Bill" Taft.
  • Controversial media baron William Randolph Hearst.
  • Germany's bombastic Kaiser Wilhelm II.
  • Massachusetts patrician Senator Henry Cabot Lodge.
  • Senators Warren Gamaliel Harding (and his paramour Mrs. Carrie
    Phillips), "Fighting Bob" LaFollette, William E. Borah, and Hiram Johnson.
  • Secretary of State William Jennings "The Great Commoner" Bryan.
  • Anti-war industrialist Henry Ford.
  • Supreme Court Justice Charles Evans "The Bearded Iceberg" Hughes.
  • Fledgling New Republic staffer Walter Lippmann.
  • Shadowy White House advisor Colonel Edward Mandell House.
  • General "Black Jack" Pershing.
  • Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa.
  • Sawdust circuit evangelist Billy Sunday.
  • Labor leader Samuel Gompers
  • Journalist William Allen White.
  • Sculptor-politician Gutzon Borglum.

Along the way you'll also meet:

    TR's sisters Anna and Corinne, Quintin's beloved socialite fiancée Flora
    Payne "Foufie" Whitney, TR's erstwhile friends Elihu Root and Henry
    Stimson, his pro-Preparedness ally Gen. Leonard Wood, Secretary of
    War Newton D. Baker, Progressive Party moneyman George Walbridge
    Perkins, Bull Moose stalwarts Gifford and Amos Pinchot and Harold
    Ickes, old-line GOP bosses Billy Barnes and Boies Penrose, TR's
    roughhouse aide John W. "Mac" McGrath, Wilson White House aide Joe
    Tumulty, New York City Mayor John Purroy "The Boy Mayor" Mitchel,
    TR's deep sea fishing partner Russell J. Coles, his black valet James
    Otis, German propagandist George Sylvester Viereck, Columbia
    University President Nicholas Murray "Nicholas Miraculous" Butler, the
    TR-betrayed candidate Judge Samuel Seabury, Navy Secretary
    Josephus Daniels, accused San Francisco bomber Tom Mooney, TR's
    relentless critic Oswald Garrison Villard, newspapermen Fremont Older
    and Henry Stoddard, mystery writer Mary Roberts Rinehart, and pro-war
    filmmakers Thomas Dixon and Commodore J. Stuart Blackton.

And some surprise cameos by:

    W. E. B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, Georges Clemenceau, Felix
    Frankfurter, Bernard Baruch, Edith Wharton, Owen Wister, Calvin
    Coolidge, Edward Arlington Robinson, Herbert Hoover, Thomas Edison,
    Ida Tarbell, Edna Ferber, Heywood Broun, Carrie Chapman Catt, Capt.
    Eddie Rickenbacker, Madison Grant, Jane Addams, John D. Rockefeller
    Jr., Al Smith, George C. Marshall, Alfred Noyes, Hamlin Garland, H. Rider
    Haggard, Lillian Russell, Will Hays, the two George S. Pattons—and the
    two Eleanor Roosevelts.

ISBN 978-1-4930-2887-0

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