Ninety years after his death, Theodore Roosevelt remains an American outdoor icon. His hunting adventures are among the best known. His ethics are among the most championed. And he remains among the most often quoted visionaries in all of conservation. But no illustrated biography of Roosevelt as the consummate hunter, outdoorsman and arms enthusiast has existed until now.
Theodore Roosevelt Hunter-Conservationist, new from the Boone and Crockett Club, is a sweeping view of the outdoor life of the rancher, explorer, soldier, statesman, author, 26th President of the United States—and hero to hunters and conservationists worldwide.
“Most big game hunters know that TR founded the Boone and Crockett Club, but many do not fully appreciate his broad, unrivaled influences on hunting and conservation today. His stewardship, sportsmanship and leadership remain the standard of excellence and responsibility,” said Julie Houk, director of publications for the Club.
Authored by acclaimed, widely published historian R.L. Wilson with insights from director and screenwriter John Milius, Theodore Roosevelt Hunter-Conservationist is 10-3/4 by 10 inches with 312 pages. The book includes over 200 color and B&W images from archives at Boone and Crockett, Harvard University, Library of Congress, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site and Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace Historic Site.
Advance Praise for Theodore Roosevelt Hunter-Conservationist
Ken Burns, filmmaker, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea: “One would be hard pressed to find a more interesting or energetic figure in all of American history than Theodore Roosevelt, and this wonderful book captures that spirit completely, especially his joy and concern for the natural world.”
General (Ret.) H. Norman Schwarzkopf: “Theodore Roosevelt lives and breathes in this unique biography, which richly chronicles his exceptional outdoor life and adventures. As a dedicated sportsman and enthusiast of firearms and the shooting sports, TR set the perfect standard of behavior for his contemporaries, and for future generations. All Americans are fortunate to have such an exemplary, productive and multi-faceted life—as captured in this book—revealing of the many and varied ways that natural wonders—and fine guns—can be experienced, and appreciated.”
Michael Korda, author of Ike and Ulysses S. Grant: “…a book that everybody who is interested in hunting, conservation, historic firearms, and TR himself should own and will enjoy, and further proof of R.L. Wilson’s unique place as a scholar, historian, firearms expert, and writer of vision about the American landscape and its wildlife, and the importance of preserving them both.”
Theodore Roosevelt IV, great grandson of Theodore Roosevelt: “What would be for most people mere ‘interests’ were for President Roosevelt enthusiasms of the highest order, whether it was for ‘ships, ships, ships, ships’ or the cowboy life or the great outdoors. If you aren’t in the Navy or never roped a cow or never tracked an elk, it is sometimes difficult to imagine how these activities can become part of sinew and muscle, heart and soul. This book gives the reader that view and tells the story of how the art of hunting (from the choice of firearm to observation in the field) came to form a robust conservation ethic. It is an important addition to the Roosevelt library.”
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, Rice University and author of The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America: “Historian R.L. Wilson has done a fine job presenting Theodore Roosevelt as our nation’s great conservationist. Using TR’s hunting adventures as his guiding light, Wilson offers the reader a fresh window into what made our 26th President tick.”
Norm Flayderman, author of Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms and Their Values: “R.L. Wilson has created a work worthy of a prime place on the bookshelves of every arms enthusiast, hunter, outdoorsman, and conservationist.”