War? Bloodlust? What's a Scholar to Do?
The New York Sunday Times on November 28, 2010 published noted historian Geoffrey C. Ward's review of a biography of President Theodore Roosevelt [TR]. His review reveals something distressing about the way some of our scholars gloss over our iconic figures and write history as the U.S. fights multiple wars. A popular war hero, President for seven years, a prominent international figure [awarded the Nobel Peace Prize], arguably the man who built the U.S. overseas empire, TR's brash aggressiveness has long made him Mount Rushmore in size and a favorite of school texts.