Theodore Roosevelt in the Badlands Roger L. Di Silvestro (Walker & Company; $27)

book-reviews_heodore_roosevelt_badlands_u.s.-president_roger-l-di-silverstroRoger L. Di Silvestro gives an accurate, lively account of Teddy Roosevelt’s formative years in the Dakota Badlands—warts and all.

The Badlands honed Roosevelt’s character into the man who would become a beloved U.S. President. Roosevelt worked to conserve big game for future hunting; but he had no remorse about killing some of the last elk in the Badlands. Roosevelt admired the American Indian; but he believed the Indian needed to step out of the way so ranchers could better utilize the land. Di Silvestro’s well-balanced, highly-researched book is a must read for anyone who wants to better understand Theodore Roosevelt’s complex character.

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