(My late entry into the "Unreasonable Men" promos. Sorry for the delay. I was reading this really great book. . .)
So much of Theodore Roosevelt's life comes to us now in what seems like caricature: The Rough Rider, the bellowing bull, the hearty back-slapper, the rugged outdoorsman--all images the man himself would be happy to know we've kept alive. The handle-bar mustache, the pince-nez, the rakish explorer's hat, the exaggerated movements of a stage actor. . .all carefully created and nurtured by a man who saw himself as destined for American greatness and struggled to make it happen.