First Chapter, First Paragraph: The Bully Pulpit

First Chapter, First Paragraph(First Chapter, First Paragraph is hosted by Bibliophile By the Sea. Every Tuesday we share the first paragraph or two of a book we’re reading or thinking about reading soon. Care to join us?)

I loved Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals, so when I heard that she had published a book on Theodore Roosevelt, I asked for a copy for Christmas.

ROOSEVELT IS COMING HOME, HOORAY! Exultant headlines in mid-June 1910 trumpeted the daily progress of the Kaiserin, the luxury liner returning the former president, Theodore Roosevelt, to American shores after his year’s safari in Africa.

It’s much chunkier and more complicated than I thought (750 pages), and at the rate I’m reading it’s going to take forever to finish; fortunately it’s so interesting that I’m not upset about it.

Goodwin’s book chronicles the life and presidency of Roosevelt, as well as of his successor William Howard Taft and the handful of journalists who were Roosevelt’s constant companions throughout his two terms as president.

If you think history is boring, you haven’t read a Goodwin book. Get one!

Would you keep reading?

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8 Responses

  1. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea January 7, 2014 / 7:26 pm

    Doris Kearns Goodwin is such a great writer – this sounds great! enjoy

    Thanks so much for joining us Amy

    • amypeveto January 8, 2014 / 8:28 pm

      I’m definitely a little in love with Goodwin — she’s great. Hope you’re having a great week, Diane!

  2. Pat January 7, 2014 / 7:44 pm

    1910! Times have changed. I’d keep reading. It sounds interesting.

    • amypeveto January 8, 2014 / 8:30 pm

      The book starts in 1910, but the author takes you all the way back to the 19th century, when all the book’s main players were born. I’m loving it! Thanks for stopping by, Pat.

  3. Nise' January 7, 2014 / 8:04 pm

    Love history and love chunksters.

    • amypeveto January 8, 2014 / 8:30 pm

      Me too. It’s a perfect combo.

  4. Laurel-Rain Snow January 7, 2014 / 11:54 pm

    Goodwin is excellent…and I’m reading a really chunky book now, too, but when they are fascinating, it isn’t a problem. I’m also reading some shorter ones, too. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    • amypeveto January 8, 2014 / 8:33 pm

      Thanks for coming by, Laurel-Rain! The only time chunksters are a problem is when I’m not able to finish them fast enough to keep on schedule with reviews. Not the end of the world, of course, just a minor annoyance. :)

      I’m so jealous of you! It’s hard for me to read more than one book at a time, and I wish I could.

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