American Ideal : Theodore Roosevelt's Search for American Individualism
This book takes Theodore Roosevelt seriously as a man of ideas, a thinker who was deeply committed to addressing the problems of his generation. It also is a study of TR as a leader, one who used rhetoric and example to convince his fellow citizens that it was possible to reconcile the American traditionof individualism with a Progressive-inspired concern for the social good.
- Hardback | 250 pages
- 157.48 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 498.95g
- 28 Apr 2008
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Table of Contents Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 1 Individualism and Its Discontents Chapter 4 2 Years of Preparation Chapter 5 3 The "Dude" Emerges Chapter 6 4 Hero Tales Chapter 7 5 The Square Deal Chapter 8 6 The Preacher President Chapter 9 7 The New Nationalism Chapter 10 8 TR, the New Freedom, and the World War Chapter 11 Conclusion Chapter 12 Bibliography
Theodore Roosevelt's dynamic mind opens a window into the soul of American Progressivism, and, likewise, Paul Rego's constructive book opens a window into Roosevelt's own mind. Like other Americans, Roosevelt struggled to reconcile the nation's robust individualism with national purpose and unity. In this thoughtful and insightful book, Rego shows that, perhaps more than any other American, Roosevelt thought through the specific policies necessary for adapting government action to the purposes of national progress and individual character. -- David Robertson, professor of political science, University of Missouri-St. Louis Rego offers 'an intellectual biography' of Theodore Roosevelt...A useful book...Recommended. General readers through researchers and faculty. CHOICE, October 2008 [Henry] Pringle's well-written but venomous Theodore Roosevelt-published a decade after TR's death-set the tone for much of Roosevelt scholarship for a generation. Paul M. Rego does not make Pringle's mistake. He recognizes Roosevelt's complexity, and respects the power and breadth of his intellect. In short, he takes Theodore Roosevelt seriously, as both an accomplished statesman and as a serious political thinker... He deftly demonstrates the power of Roosevelt's reconciliation of individualism with collective action, and traces the consistency of TR's thought from his early writings on history and nature to his mature statements during and after his presidency... Anyone interested in TR, the presidency, American political thought, or American institutions will profit from this book. Political Science Quarterly, Fall 2009 Americans have long admired Theodore Roosevelt as a man of action. In this new intellectual biography, Paul M. Rego shows the power of TR's thought. Rego convincingly demonstrates that TR developed the most impressive political diagnosis and constitutional theory written by any American statesman since "Publius" penned The Federalist. Well written, informative, and highly recommended. -- Jeffrey K. Tulis, associate professor, University of Texas at Austin
About Paul M. Rego
Paul M. Rego is assistant professor of politics at Messiah College in Pennsylvania.