The Naturalist: Theodore Roosevelt, A Lifetime of Exploration, and the Triumph of American Natural History written by Darrin Lunde, published by Broadway Books, is a fascinating look at Theodore Roosevelt, not as president, but as a naturalist, one with an interest in studying and preserving the natural world around him in a time when more and more people were leaving the country and farms and moving to the cities for work.
The book details three different periods in Roosevelt’s interest and methods of naturalism, starting when he was a young boy in New York getting his first glimpse of the wider world, continuing as he developed his love of hunting, to during his presidency and beyond.
It talks about Roosevelt’s passion for hunting and bringing down animals in such a way that they could be preserved and displayed in natural history museums for all to see.
Darrin Lunde, the author, is a naturalist much like Roosevelt was, and provides a unique perspective as he details this lesser known side of the 26th president.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys biographies and learning more about famous historical figures.
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