The Rough Rider and the Professor: Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, and the Friendship That Changed American History

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6.0 X 9.0 X 1.03 inches | 1.32 pounds

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About the Author

Laurence Jurdem, Ph.D., is currently an adjunct professor of history at Fairfield University and Fordham College's Lincoln Center campus. Mr. Jurdem is also the author of Paving the Way for Reagan: The Influence of Conservative Media on U.S. Foreign Policy. A frequent writer on American politics, his articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He lives in Connecticut.


"The impulsive and fiery Teddy Roosevelt would seem to have little in common with the stoic and cerebral Henry Cabot Lodge, but as Laurence Jurdem points out in this insightful and highly enjoyable book, the two men shared an unshakable belief in American exceptionalism and a progressive faith in using government to tame the excesses of unrestrained capitalism. Jurdem skillfully highlights how their thirty-year friendship offers a window into understanding American society in the first decades of the twentieth century. Highly recommended!"--Steve Gillon, author of America's Reluctant Prince: The Life of John F Kennedy Jr.
"Friendships shape presidents. But those friends are often hidden in the shadows of history. With The Rough Rider and the Professor, Laurence Jurdem shines a bright light on a forgotten figure who shaped Theodore Roosevelt, and, therefore, modern America as well."--Amity Shlaes, New York Times Bestselling Author of Coolidge
"Theodore Roosevelt stunned members of the Progressive Party in 1916 by recommending that they nominate Henry Cabot Lodge for president--a man they considered the antithesis of their reform movement. Laurence Jurdem unravels this seeming contradiction, judiciously reexamining the friendship between the impulsive Rough Rider and the cautious professor that shaped so much of the political history of their time."--Donald A. Ritchie, U.S Senate Historian Emeritus
"Few political friendships have been as consequential as that of Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge. The two wrote or spoke to each other almost daily for decades, exchanging ideas, reading each other's books, promoting shared policies. As a congressman and senator, Lodge worked to advance TR's career; then an assassin's bullet made TR president, and the strains began to grow. By focusing on this pair, Laurence Jurdem shrewdly illuminates not only a fascinating personal relationship, but the making of modern politics and government at the dawn of the American century."--T.J. Stiles, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Custer's Trials and The First Tycoon
"A tale of two U.S. politicians and their struggles to obtain and keep power. Jurdem documents the decades long relationship between Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge, offering glimpses of both men at their best and worst as they made decisions that impacted American domestic and foreign policy. The author sheds new light on the intricacies of the Roosevelt-Lodge friendship."--Kirkus Reviews