Books: T. R.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT — Henry F. Pringle—Harcourt, Brace & Co. ($5).†

This robust biography would have pleased its robust subject. It is written to the Roosevelt formula of history: "The exact truth . . . our disasters and shortcomings as well as our triumphs." Without too finicky mental analysis Biographer Pringle has painted the bouncing, bubbling, sometimes bumptious career of "Teddy'' (he loathed that nickname)— the sickly child who messed around with dead frogs; the dudish State legislator who "rose like a rocket"; the Civil Service Commissioner who warred...

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