Bully Boy: The Truth About Theodore Roosevelt’s Legacy
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What Hath TR Wrought?“I don’t think that any harm comes from the concentration of power in one man’s hands.” —Theodore RooseveltThe notion that Theodore Roosevelt was one of America’s greatest presidents is literally carved in stone—right up there on Mount Rushmore. But as historian Jim Powell shows in the refreshingly original Bully Boy, Roosevelt’s toothy grin, outsized personality, colossal energy, and fascinating life story have obscured what he actually did as president.And what Roosevelt did severely damaged the United States.Until now, no historian has thoroughly rebutted the adulation so widely accorded to TR. Powell digs beneath the surface to expose the harm Roosevelt did to the country in his own era. More important, he examines the lasting consequences of Roosevelt’s actions—the legacies of big government, expanded presidential power, and foreign interventionism that plague us today. Bully Boy reveals:• How Roosevelt, the celebrated “trust-buster,” actually promoted monopolies • How this self-proclaimed champion of conservation caused untold environmental destruction• How TR expanded presidential power and brought us big government• How he heralded in the era of government regulation, handicapping employers, destroying jobs, and harming consumers• How he established the dangerous precedent of pushing America into other people’s wars even when our own national interests aren’t at stake• How this crusader for “pure food” launched loony campaigns against margarine, corn syrup, and Coca-Cola• How Roosevelt inspired the campaign to enact a federal income tax that was supposedly a tax on the rich but became a people’s taxBully Boy is both a groundbreaking look at a pivotal time in America’s history and a powerful explanation of how so many of our modern troubles began.From the Hardcover edition.
At a young age, my mother instilled in me the value of finishing what I start. This is one volume that makes me regret not adding that to the long list of her values that I rejected somewhere along the way! I jumped right into this one, and it took me forever to get around to finishing it. Yes, it is that bad.I love revisionist history, even when I disagree with the author's thesis. The problem being Powell´s thesis seems to be as simple as ¨Hey, I dislike Teddy.¨ He attacks from the left, he attacks from the right and when he runs out of any angle with which to go after him, he simply narates well known history, such as that of the railroads, and then spends a couple pages going after the progressive movement as a whole rather than the object of his disdain. In one small volume, Teddy is both too liberal and too conservative. The book lacks any cohesion, and is simply a personal assault...think of Ann Coulter, but Powell lacks both her acidic wit and her mastery of the english language.This one reminds me that often those books we find marked down in the bargain bin are generally there for a reason.
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I have read many books about Teddy all of which loved Teddy. This is the first book that really gives another side to Teddy and his policies.He was really the first of the "Progressives" in the line of Woodrow Wilson, FDR, LBJ, and of course our present illustrious leader.
Informative, but a little dull in some areas. How none of this ever made it into our history books is a mystery to me.
Bully Boy: The Truth About Theodore Roosevelt's Legacy by Jim Powell (2006)