American Ideal: Theodore Roosevelt's Search for American Individualism

4.33 avg rating
( 3 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780739126080: American Ideal: Theodore Roosevelt's Search for American Individualism

This book examines the political thought of Theodore Roosevelt, specifically his ceaseless desire and effort to reconcile America's individualistic tradition with the more collectivistic ideals of his Progressive brethren. Many scholars and lay-people alike cast Roosevelt as either 'conservative' or 'liberal,' but his political thought defies so simple an interpretation; it was more nuanced and had a larger purpose than mere ideology. A thorough study of Roosevelt's writings reveals his conviction that the concepts of personal autonomy and civic concern were not mutually exclusive. In fact, Roosevelt argued that it was because the principles of self-reliance and personal freedom were important that it was sometimes necessary for the entire community to use its collective power_and, in some cases, the institutions of the government_to enable individuals to do what they could not do alone. Moreover, while Roosevelt advocated and was responsible for a great expansion in the regulatory powers of the national government, he understood, in contrast to many other Progressive reformers, that inspirational rhetoric and positive example could be as good as institutional reform and the force of law in compelling individuals to support one another in a spirit of civic attachment. In his public writings, Roosevelt sought to shape the American mind in ways that he thought proper.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Paul M. Rego is assistant professor of politics at Messiah College in Pennsylvania.

Review:

Theodore Roosevelt's dynamic mind opens a window into the soul of American Progressivism, and, likewise, Paul Rego's constructive book opens a window into Roosevelt's own mind. Like other Americans, Roosevelt struggled to reconcile the nation's robust individualism with national purpose and unity. In this thoughtful and insightful book, Rego shows that, perhaps more than any other American, Roosevelt thought through the specific policies necessary for adapting government action to the purposes of national progress and individual character. (David Robertson, professor of political science, University of Missouri-St. Louis)

Rego offers 'an intellectual biography' of Theodore Roosevelt....A useful book....Recommended. General readers through researchers and faculty. (CHOICE, October 2008)

[Henry] Pringle's well-written but venomous Theodore Roosevelt-published a decade after TR's death-set the tone for much of Roosevelt scholarship for a generation. Paul M. Rego does not make Pringle's mistake. He recognizes Roosevelt's complexity, and respects the power and breadth of his intellect. In short, he takes Theodore Roosevelt seriously, as both an accomplished statesman and as a serious political thinker. . . . He deftly demonstrates the power of Roosevelt's reconciliation of individualism with collective action, and traces the consistency of TR's thought from his early writings on history and nature to his mature statements during and after his presidency. . . . Anyone interested in TR, the presidency, American political thought, or American institutions will profit from this book. (Political Science Quarterly, Fall 2009)

Americans have long admired Theodore Roosevelt as a man of action. In this new intellectual biography, Paul M. Rego shows the power of TR's thought. Rego convincingly demonstrates that TR developed the most impressive political diagnosis and constitutional theory written by any American statesman since “Publius” penned The Federalist. Well written, informative, and highly recommended. (Jeffrey K. Tulis, associate professor, University of Texas at Austin)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Rego, Paul M.
ISBN 10: 0739126083 ISBN 13: 9780739126080
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2009. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780739126080

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 27.57
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Rego, Paul M.
Published by Rowman and Littlefield Publishers
ISBN 10: 0739126083 ISBN 13: 9780739126080
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0739126083

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 29.30
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Paul M. Rego
Published by Lexington Books, United States (2009)
ISBN 10: 0739126083 ISBN 13: 9780739126080
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Lexington Books, United States, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. This book takes Theodore Roosevelt seriously as a man of ideas, a thinker who was deeply committed to addressing the problems of his generation. It also is a study of TR as a leader, one who used rhetoric and example to convince his fellow citizens that it was possible to reconcile the American traditionof individualism with a Progressive-inspired concern for the social good. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9780739126080

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 33.74
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Paul M. Rego
Published by Lexington Books, United States (2009)
ISBN 10: 0739126083 ISBN 13: 9780739126080
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Lexington Books, United States, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. This book takes Theodore Roosevelt seriously as a man of ideas, a thinker who was deeply committed to addressing the problems of his generation. It also is a study of TR as a leader, one who used rhetoric and example to convince his fellow citizens that it was possible to reconcile the American traditionof individualism with a Progressive-inspired concern for the social good. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9780739126080

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 34.73
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Rego, Paul M.
Published by Lexington Books (2009)
ISBN 10: 0739126083 ISBN 13: 9780739126080
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Lexington Books, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # INGM9780739126080

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 35.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Rego, Paul M.
ISBN 10: 0739126083 ISBN 13: 9780739126080
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2009. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # TR-9780739126080

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 37.01
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Rego, Paul M.
Published by Lexington Books
ISBN 10: 0739126083 ISBN 13: 9780739126080
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Lexington Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0739126083 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Bookseller Inventory # SWATI2132734370

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 37.05
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Paul M. Rego
Published by Lexington Books (2009)
ISBN 10: 0739126083 ISBN 13: 9780739126080
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Lexington Books, 2009. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780739126080

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 29.27
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 12.07
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Paul M. Rego
Published by Lexington Books
ISBN 10: 0739126083 ISBN 13: 9780739126080
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
BuySomeBooks
(Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Lexington Books. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 250 pages. Dimensions: 8.8in. x 5.9in. x 0.8in.This book examines the political thought of Theodore Roosevelt, specifically his ceaseless desire and effort to reconcile Americas individualistic tradition with the more collectivistic ideals of his Progressive brethren. Many scholars and lay-people alike cast Roosevelt as either conservative or liberal, but his political thought defies so simple an interpretation; it was more nuanced and had a larger purpose than mere ideology. A thorough study of Roosevelts writings reveals his conviction that the concepts of personal autonomy and civic concern were not mutually exclusive. In fact, Roosevelt argued that it was because the principles of self-reliance and personal freedom were important that it was sometimes necessary for the entire community to use its collective powerand, in some cases, the institutions of the governmentto enable individuals to do what they could not do alone. Moreover, while Roosevelt advocated and was responsible for a great expansion in the regulatory powers of the national government, he understood, in contrast to many other Progressive reformers, that inspirational rhetoric and positive example could be as good as institutional reform and the force of law in compelling individuals to support one another in a spirit of civic attachment. In his public writings, Roosevelt sought to shape the American mind in ways that he thought proper. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 9780739126080

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 41.96
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Paul M. Rego
ISBN 10: 0739126083 ISBN 13: 9780739126080
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Paperback. This book takes Theodore Roosevelt seriously as a man of ideas, a thinker who was deeply committed to addressing the problems of his generation. It also is a study of TR as a leader, one w.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 233 pages. 0.390. Bookseller Inventory # 9780739126080

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 42.44
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book