Becoming Teddy Roosevelt: How a Maine Guide Inspired America's 26th President (Paperback)
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When Theodore Roosevelt went into the Maine Woods with legendary Maine guide Bill Sewall, he was a sickly, asthmatic city boy. When he emerged several trips later, he was a robust, confident outdoorsman-the kind of man who could be president. This book describes the lifelong friendship between the twenty-sixth president and the lumberman from Island Falls and explores how that bond changed Roosevelt (and the nation) and why it matters today.
About the Author
Andrew Vietze, the former managing editor of Down East: The Magazine of Maine, has written for a wide variety of magazines and online publications, including Time Out New York, The New York Times' LifeWire, Weather.com's Forecast Earth, Crawdaddy!, AMC Outdoors, Popmatters, Hooked on the Outdoors, Explore, Offshore, Big Sky Journal, MaineBiz, and Maine Times. Two of his pieces for Down East have won awards for feature writing from the International Regional Magazine Association. Becoming Teddy Roosevelt: How a Maine Guide Inspired America's 26th President won a silver medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards, was honored by the Maine State Legislature, and was a 2010 Book of the Year Award finalist in the biography category. It also spent weeks on the Maine Sunday Telegram's bestseller list and inspired the Lunder New Naturalists program at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, which uses the story of Theodore Roosevelt as an entry point for middle schoolers into the world of conservation. More than 19 schools and 600 students, are now part of the statewide program. Vieteze spends six months of each year as a ranger in the wilds of the Katahdin region.