10 Questions for Edmund Morris

Campaign wisdom from presidential biographer Edmund Morris

David Johnson for TIME

You've written biographies of Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. Who in this campaign has reminded you more of Roosevelt?
Nobody.

Not even Paul Ryan, with his physical vigor?
No. T.R. was unique. He was a writer and a natural historian and a cosmopolitan. Our politicians tend to be professionals, monochromatic people who are of no particular interest outside of politics.

Anyone remind you of Reagan?
To a certain extent, Romney reminded me of Reagan. He projected an image of niceness but behind it a feeling of formidable personal force. The difference, though, is that with Reagan it was...

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