TR’s Last War:
Theodore Roosevelt, The Great War,
and a Journey of Triumph and Tragedy
From David Pietrusza,
the award-winning
author of
The Year of the
Six Presidents
David Pietrusza
From Lyons Press,
an imprint of Globe Pequot
Publication Date: September 1, 2018

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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 gingerly 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

From "David Pietrusza is a top-shelf history author. He writes in
a very engaging and enjoyable style and he never fails to tell me something I don't
already know about his subjects. . . . This book, which is due out in September of
2018, promises to tell the story of the energetic Theodore Roosevelt’s "impassioned
crusade for military preparedness as America fitfully stumbles into World War I". TR
was a vocal critic of incumbent Woodrow Wilson for his perceived weakness in the
face of German aggression. When war broke out, the aging warrior pled with his
president for the privilege of fighting 'over there,' as he had done in the Spanish-
American War. Wilson refused the Old Lion's request, but his four sons went to war,
with tragic results. This is an epic story that will told by a masterful storyteller. I can't
ISBN 978-1-4930-2887-0

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