(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?