Theodore Roosevelt: Hunter-Conservationist


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By R.L. Wilson

BPTRHC-webCoverTheodore Roosevelt Hunter-Conservationist reflects the zest for life that was so powerfully characteristic of TR. For decades, Roosevelt's big game hunting books have been among the most often quoted and reprinted of works in that genre. But no illustrated biography of Roosevelt as the consummate hunter, outdoorsman, and arms enthusiast existed until this pioneering work.

With insights from acclaimed producer, director, and screenwriter John Milius (Rough Riders, The Wind and the Lion, Red Dawn, Dillinger, Apocalypse Now, et al.), this monumental book captures the adventurous outdoor life of the hunter, rancher, explorer, soldier, statesman, author, conservationist, and wholly visionary 26th President of the United States. As a dedicated conservationist, Roosevelt will forever be a heroic figure to America's outdoorsmen. A combination of sportsman and naturalist, TR was as serious about his hunting as he was about conservation of the world's natural resources.

This book's striking illustrations draw on historical images and original documents from various Roosevelt archives -- Harvard University, the Library of Congress, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, and the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace Historic Site. Lavish in every way, Theodore Roosevelt Hunter-Conservationist presents a sweeping view of TR's unique legacy as an international hunter and adventurer, and his unrivaled achievements as history's foremost conservationist.

TR's stewardship, sportsmanship, and leadership have set the standard of excellence and responsibility for humankind's wise use of wilderness resources, a matter of particular significance in modern times.

Honors for Theodore Roosevelt Hunter-Conservationist

  • Gold Award, Benjamin Franklin Awards -- Biography category (also a finalist in the history category) by Independent Book Publishers Association. Presented in New York City, May 2010. Named in honor of America's most cherished publisher and printer, IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards recognize excellence in independent publishing. Publications are grouped by genre and judged on editorial and design merit.
  • Gold Medal, PubWest Book Design Awards -- History/biography category by Publishers Association of the West. Award to be presented in Santa Fe. N.M. in November 2010. The PubWest Book Design Awards recognize superior design and outstanding production quality of books nationwide.
  • Silver IPPY Award, Mountain West nonfiction category, by Independent Publisher -- Presented in New York City, May 2010. The IPPY Awards spotlight the best regional titles from across North America. This year, 3,890 books were entered into competition in 87 different categories, with 347 total medals awarded.
  • Bronze Award, Best Non-Fiction eBook -- from the Independent Publisher Book Awards.
  • Finalist for a ForeWord Book of the Year award in the history category.

Historian R.L. Wilson has done a fine job presenting Theodore Roosevelt as our nation's great conservationist. Using TR's hunting adventures as his guiding light, Wilson offers the reader a fresh window into what made our 26th President tick.

Douglas Brinkley
Professor of History, Rice University and author of The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America

Theodore Roosevelt lives and breathes in this unique biography, which richly chronicles his exceptional outdoor life and adventures. As a dedicated sportsman and enthusiast of firearms and the shooting sports, TR set the perfect standard of behavior for his contemporaries, and for future generations. All Americans are fortunate to have such an exemplary, productive and multi-faceted life--as captured in this book--revealing of the many and varied ways that natural wonders--and fine guns--can be experienced, and appreciated.

General (Ret.) H. Norman Schwarzkopf

One would be hard pressed to find a more interesting or energetic figure in all of American history than Theodore Roosevelt, and this wonderful book captures that spirit completely, especially his joy and concern for the natural world.

Ken Burns
Filmmaker, The National Parks: America's Best Idea