Written by Douglas Brinkley, The Wilderness Warrior tells the life of my favorite president, Theodore Roosevelt. Teddy was one of the most conservation friendly presidents, growing up with an avid interest in wildlife, nature, and the world around him.
The book, whose full title is The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, starts all the way back in Teddy’s childhood. Though it was a long read, it was definitely worth it. I learned so much that I never knew before about this great man and the things he did to try and protect America’s wilderness. It was fascinating reading about his upbringing and his family and the influence they had on him. Had we been children at the same time, I am certain we would have been best friends. As a child he set up his own little natural history museum in his house with specimens he would find. His family traveled a lot and he saw much more of the world than many people today have, even with modern transportation options.
A known game hunter, he is famous for refusing to shoot an American Black Bear which had already been captured, beaten, and tied up, knowing it wasn’t sporting and wash’t fair to the bear. That is how toy bears came to be known as “Teddy bears”; they were named after Teddy Roosevelt.
As I said before, it is a long read, and to look at the size of the book may be daunting, but it really is worth it. I read it on my Nook e-reader so I didn’t have to lug the big hard copy around. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the national park system, conservation, and history.