For all you history buffs out there, and for anyone interested in the roots of progressivism in the United States (which would probably include most readers here), Theodore Roosevelt and the American Political Tradition by Bowdoin professor Jean Yarbrough sounds like an excellent read.
But don’t take my word for it. Take James W. Ceaser’s (author of Reconstructing America: The Symbol of America in Modern Thought):
In this extraordinary book centering on Theodore Roosevelt, Yarbrough has combined three genres to produce a new kind of political writing. As biography, it offers a rich and compelling account of TR’s life, especially in the period of his mature years. As intellectual history, it supplies the best treatment to date of TR’s own political thought, situating it within the framework of the various strands of progressivism. Finally, as political theory in its own right, it explores TR’s political and constitutional ideas in the light of the thought of the founders and of Abraham Lincoln, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of TR as both a thinker and statesman. Yarbrough has pulled off the perfect intellectual trifecta.
Full disclosure here: Jean Yarbrough is a friend of mine.
And I have not yet read the book, although it’s on my list.
But I’d wager it’s every bit as good as Ceaser and all the other reviewers so far at its Amazon page say it is.