T.R.'s Roots: "Heir To The Empire City"

Dec 12, 2013

Any discussion of American President Theodore Roosevelt often goes straight to his tough-guy image. 

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Yes, he charged up San Juan Hill in Cuba with a unit called The Rough Riders. 

Yes, he actually delivered a speech with a bullet still in his body, after being shot. 

But Roosevelt's image belied his background as the privileged son of a prominent New York family.  His work in and for New York is the subject of Edward P. Kohn's book Heir to the Empire City: New York and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt