Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Naturalist Review


 About the Book

The surprising story of intrepid naturalist Theodore Roosevelt and how his lifelong passion for the natural world set the stage for America's wildlife conservation movement.
Perhaps no American president is more associated with nature and wildlife than Theodore Roosevelt, a prodigious hunter and adventurer and an ardent conservationist. We think of Roosevelt as an original, yet in The Naturalist, Darrin Lunde shows how from his earliest days Roosevelt actively modeled himself in the proud tradition of museum naturalists—the men who pioneered a key branch of American biology through their desire to collect animal specimens and develop a taxonomy of the natural world. The influence these men would have on Roosevelt would shape not just his personality but his career, informing his work as a politician and statesman and ultimately affecting generations of Americans' relationship to this country's wilderness. Pulling from  Roosevelt's diaries and expedition journals, Lunde constructs a brilliantly researched, singularly insightful history that reveals the roots of Roosevelt’s enduring naturalist legacy through the group little-known men whose work and lives defined his own. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I enjoy biographies though some are written better than others. This particular book about Roosevelt had some great pictures and fun stories that I never knew. I honestly didn't know much of anything about this man or so much about taxidermy! I thought the author did a decent job keeping this book from being boring, but for those who don't appreciate history or reading biographies this isn't the book for you. 
Three stars. 

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for free. All opinions are my own."

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