Theodore Roosevelt and the Making of American Leadership

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About The Book

The epic story of how one man shaped events, people, and himself to forever change a country.

President Theodore Roosevelt forever transformed America, ushering the country into the arena of world supremacy. His brand of leadership is entirely American: confident, compassionate, energetic, diverse, visionary.

But Roosevelt was not a born leader; his ascent to the apex of power was not a foregone conclusion. He made himself a leader of consequence and it is his epic journey to the White House—a road filled with terrific failures, intimate introspection, and self-made luck—will inspire readers anew.

While a graduate student at Harvard, author Jon Knokey, a Roosevelt historian and business leader, unearthed hundreds of unpublished letters and interview notes from Roosevelt contemporaries. These long-forgotten documents provide a fresh and stunning ringside seat along the 26th President’s journey to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The stories from Harvard chaps, idealistic political reformers, coarse cowboys from the Badlands, and rough and tumble Rough Riders from the nation’s interior, all combine to illuminate the maturation process of a man learning to lead at every stage of his life.

Fast paced and written as a biographical narrative, Theodore Roosevelt and the Making of American Leadership places the reader alongside a young Theodore Roosevelt as he learns what he stands for and how he will lead.

Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Skyhorse (October 27, 2015)
  • Length: 512 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781634503563

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Raves and Reviews

“Jon Knokey shows how Theodore Roosevelt became an iconic American leader with such insight and color that it makes you feel as is if TR were alive today! Through the words of a remarkable cast of characters whom knew TR intimately, Knokey not only sheds new light on one of the most influential people in American history, but also gives men and women today the opportunity to discover Teddy Roosevelt’s leadership secrets. It’s a vital book for aspiring leaders."
—Christopher Ruddy, CEO, Newsmax Media

“Jon Knokey’s work is a perfect combination of historical fact and artful interpretation. Meticulously researched using primary sources, the book provides a rare view into Roosevelt’s mind and heart. It traces his development from an impressionable boy observing Abraham Lincoln’s funeral to a decisive president poised to lead the country confidently onto the world stage. This is not just a work of historical significance, it is a beautifully written and insightful glimpse into a complicated and powerful leader.”
- Elizabeth Winslow, Professor, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Organizational Behavior & Leadership
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?? “Theodore Roosevelt's leadership journey - the story of a sickly boy who wills himself into a life of vigor, purpose, and genuine heroism - is one of the great tales in American history. Here Jon Knokey views that saga through fresh eyes and presents it in a lively, enlightening narrative. Making of American Leadership is filled with fascinating details, wise insights, and life lessons. I love this book!”
- John McConnell, Speechwriter President George W. Bush

“Theodore Roosevelt packed a full life of experience into the four decades before he became our nation’s youngest president. Jon Knokey’s volume, utilizing previously unpublished accounts by his contemporaries, helps illuminate the contradictions that filled TR’s pre-presidential years and that persisted throughout his life. Few Americans have proven as consequential as Theodore Roosevelt in shaping America’s place in the world and in establishing American leadership. This volume contributes to our understanding of the years that shaped this remarkable leader and president.”
- Roger B. Porter, IBM Professor of Business and Government, Master of Dunster House, Harvard University?

“Jon Knokey shows how Theodore Roosevelt became an iconic American leader with such insight and color that it makes you feel as is if TR were alive today! Through the words of a remarkable cast of characters whom knew TR intimately, Knokey not only sheds new light on one of the most influential people in American history, but also gives men and women today the opportunity to discover Teddy Roosevelt’s leadership secrets. It’s a vital book for aspiring leaders."
—Christopher Ruddy, CEO, Newsmax Media

“Jon Knokey’s work is a perfect combination of historical fact and artful interpretation. Meticulously researched using primary sources, the book provides a rare view into Roosevelt’s mind and heart. It traces his development from an impressionable boy observing Abraham Lincoln’s funeral to a decisive president poised to lead the country confidently onto the world stage. This is not just a work of historical significance, it is a beautifully written and insightful glimpse into a complicated and powerful leader.”
- Elizabeth Winslow, Professor, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Organizational Behavior & Leadership
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?? “Theodore Roosevelt's leadership journey - the story of a sickly boy who wills himself into a life of vigor, purpose, and genuine heroism - is one of the great tales in American history. Here Jon Knokey views that saga through fresh eyes and presents it in a lively, enlightening narrative. Making of American Leadership is filled with fascinating details, wise insights, and life lessons. I love this book!”
- John McConnell, Speechwriter President George W. Bush

“Theodore Roosevelt packed a full life of experience into the four decades before he became our nation’s youngest president. Jon Knokey’s volume, utilizing previously unpublished accounts by his contemporaries, helps illuminate the contradictions that filled TR’s pre-presidential years and that persisted throughout his life. Few Americans have proven as consequential as Theodore Roosevelt in shaping America’s place in the world and in establishing American leadership. This volume contributes to our understanding of the years that shaped this remarkable leader and president.”
- Roger B. Porter, IBM Professor of Business and Government, Master of Dunster House, Harvard University?