The naturalist : Theodore Roosevelt, a lifetime of exploration, and the triumph of American natural history

By Darrin Lunde

The naturalist : Theodore Roosevelt, a lifetime of exploration, and the triumph of American natural history / Darrin Lunde
Added January 11, 2017

No United States president is more popularly associated with nature and wildlife than Theodore Roosevelt -- prodigious hunter, tireless adventurer, and ardent conservationist. From his earliest days, Roosevelt actively modeled himself on the men who pioneered a key branch of biology through the collection of animal specimens and by developing a taxonomy of the natural world. The influence they would have on Roosevelt shaped not only his audacious personality but his career, informing his work as a statesman and ultimately affecting generations of Americans' relationship to this country's wilderness. Drawing on Roosevelt's diaries and expedition journals and pulling from his own experience in museum naturalism, Lunde constructs an insightful history that tracks Roosevelt's maturation from exuberant boyhood hunter to vital champion of serious scientific inquiry. –from library catalog

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