May 14, 2012 — In 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to dine with his family at the White House. News of the dinner became the subject of inflammatory articles and cartoons and shifted the national conversation around race at the time. Deborah Davis tells the story in Guest of Honor.
Mar 25, 2012 — When Teddy Roosevelt became a New York police commissioner in 1895, he vowed to clean up the city's endemic vice and corruption. It didn't exactly work out. New Yorkers liked the idea of standing up to corrupt cops, but they rebelled when Roosevelt tried to enforce a ban on Sunday drinking.
Mar 19, 2012 — If you want to know anything about America's greatest city, you've got to be willing to get grimy, says critic Maureen Corrigan. Two new books about New York — a novel and a narrative history — do more than put up with filth, they positively wallow in it.
Oct 19, 2011 — Elmore Leonard takes on Somali pirates in his latest thriller, while former President George W. Bush defends his decision points, biographer Edmund Morris looks at Theodore Roosevelt's last decade, and writer Dan Buettner reports on what the world's happiest people have in common.
Sep 10, 2010 — Author Timothy Egan argues in The Big Burn that the forest fire of 1910 — the largest in American history — actually saved the forests, even as its flames charred the trees. It helped rally public support, Egan explains, behind Theodore Roosevelt's push to protect national lands.
Apr 27, 2010 — In The War Lovers, Evan Thomas tells the story of how a few men, led by future President Theodore Roosevelt, helped to provoke in the American public a fervor for combat that led to the 1898 Spanish-American War.
Oct 29, 2009 — Author Timothy Egan argues in The Big Burn that the forest fire of 1910 — the largest in American history — actually saved the forests, even as its flames charred the trees. It helped rally public support, Egan explains, behind Theodore Roosevelt's push to protect national lands.
Jun 23, 2006 — For decades after his death, Roosevelt was regarded as a hyperactive New York swell. It wasn't until John Morton Blum published The Republican Roosevelt that Roosevelt assumed his stature as a force to be reckoned with in the Oval Office. Political historian Lewis Gould talks about the impact of Blum's study.
Nov 3, 2005 — Teddy Roosevelt's greatest adventure came in 1914 when the former president visited South America. He barely escaped after agreeing to survey an uncharted river in the heart of the Amazon jungle.
Oct 20, 2004 — Day to Day book critic David Kipen reviews a new collection of writings by President Theodore Roosevelt, entitled simply Letters and Speeches. He's surprised at how many of the former U.S. president's letters and speeches are still relevant today.