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The Old Lion

The Old Lion, May 2023
by Jeff Shaara

St. Martin's Press
Featuring: Teddy Roosevelt
448 pages
ISBN: 1250279941
EAN: 9781250279941
Kindle: B0B9KVJHJD
Hardcover / e-Book
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"A remarkable novel about a remarkable man"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Old Lion
Jeff Shaara

Reviewed by Evie Harris
Posted July 20, 2023


In this work of historical fiction, THE OLD LION by Jeff Shaara, Theodore Roosevelt is vividly brought to life. From childhood to adulthood, he evolved and grew just as his beloved country did. Told in a conversational manner, Roosevelt speaks to readers in his own words. We learn how and what he thinks. The descriptions of his adventures are so well depicted that readers are immersed in them.

I found THE OLD LION to be impressive as well as informative. Theodore Roosevelt made a huge impact on history and to read his story in his own words was a pleasure. In my opinion, this novel would appeal to a wide range of readers whether they know much or little about this fascinating man. Highly recommended.


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In one of his most accomplished, compelling novels yet, acclaimed New York Times bestseller Jeff Shaara accomplishes what only the finest historical fiction can do - he brings to life one of the most consequential figures in U.S. history - Theodore Roosevelt - peeling back the many-layered history of the man, and the country he personified.

From the mid-nineteenth century to the early twentieth century, from the waning days of the rugged frontier of a young country to the emergence of a modern, industrial nation exerting its power on the world stage, Theodore Roosevelt embodied both the myth and reality of the country he loved and led.

From his upbringing in the rarefied air of New York society of the late 19th century to his time in rough-and-tumble world of the Badlands in the Dakotas, from his rise from political obscurity to Assistant Secretary of the Navy, from national hero as the leader of the Rough Riders in the Spanish-American War to his accidental rise to the Presidency itself, Roosevelt embodied the complex, often contradictory, image of America itself.

In gripping prose, Shaara tells the story of the man who both defined and created the modern United States.

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