In 1895, two young men destined to make their mark on American life, Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge, discovered they shared a common interest in the remarkable way ordinary Americans demonstrated the real character of the young nation. They were convinced that the brilliance of American liberty could best be found in the lives of everyday heroes. These two men researched and wrote the twenty-six inspiring stories in Hero Tales. From great battles of the War for Independence to the intrepid explorations that opened up the western frontier, from the struggles of the early pioneers to the tragedies of the Civil War, these stories capture the essence of the American spirit. Especially moving is the last chapter, on Abraham Lincoln, in which narrator Patrick Cullen reads Walt Whitman's poem for Lincoln, "O Captain, My Captain," as well as two of Lincoln's speeches, the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural Address. 1. "Washington" by Henry Cabot Lodge2. "Daniel Boone and the Founding of Kentucky" by Theodore Roosevelt3. "George Rogers Clark and the Conquest of the Northwest" by Theodore Roosevelt4. "The Battle of Trenton" by Henry Cabot Lodge5. "Bennington" by Henry Cabot Lodge6. "King's Mountain" by Theodore Roosevelt7. "The Storming of Stony Point" by Theodore Roosevelt8. "Gouverneur Morris" by Henry Cabot Lodge9. "The Burning of the Philadelphiai" by Henry Cabot Lodge10. "The Cruise of the Wasp" by Theodore Roosevelt11. "The General Armstrong Privateer" by Theodore Roosevelt12. "The Battle of New Orleans" by Theodore Roosevelt13. "John Quincy Adams and the Right of Petition" by Henry Cabot Lodge14. "Francis Parkman" by Henry Cabot Lodge15. "Remember the Alamo" by Theodore Roosevelt16. "Hampton Roads" by Theodore Roosevelt17. "The Flag-Bearer" by Theodore Roosevelt18. "The Death of Stonewall Jackson" by Theodore Roosevelt19. "The Charge at Gettysburg" by Theodore Roosevelt20. "General Grant and the Vicksburg Campaign" by Henry Cabot Lodge21. "Robert Gould Shaw" by Henry Cabot Lodge22. "Charles Russell Lowell" by Henry Cabot Lodge23. "Sheridan at Cedar Creek" by Henry Cabot Lodge24. "Lieutenant Cushing and the Ram Albermarle" by Theodore Roosevelt25. "Farragut at Mobile Bay" by Theodore Roosevelt26. "Lincoln" by Henry Cabot Lodge
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Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) was the twenty-sixth president of the United States. He is noted for his exuberant personality, range of interests and achievements, leadership of the Progressive movement, and "cowboy" image. He was a leader of the Republican Party and founder of the short-lived Progressive Party of 1912. Before becoming president, he held offices at the municipal, state, and federal level of government. Roosevelt's achievements as a naturalist, explorer, hunter, author, and soldier are as much a part of his fame as any office he held as a politician.
Henry Cabot Lodge (1850-1924) was a Republican senator and historian from Massachusetts. He is best known for his positions on foreign policy, especially his battle with President Woodrow Wilson in 1919 over the Treaty of Versailles. He graduated from Harvard College and was the first student to graduate Harvard University with a PhD in political science. Lodge was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1878 and served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1880-1881; he also represented his home state in the United States House of Representatives from 1887-1893 and in the Senate from 1893-1924. He is the author of a number of historical works, including Alexander Hamilton, Hero Tales from American History, Theodore Roosevelt, and many others.
Patrick Cullen (a.k.a. John Lescault), a native of Massachusetts, is a graduate of the Catholic University of America. He lives in Washington, DC, where he works in theater.From AudioFile:
George Washington, Daniel Boone, and Stonewall Jackson are all players in this montage of early American history. What began as the authors' dinnertime tradition of sharing favorite stories became a joint venture to create a picture of the United States through the art of storytelling. Roosevelt and Lodge trace the period of the American Revolution through the Civil War by highlighting individuals who demonstrate valor and patriotism. Maurice England narrates this collection with stylistic ease and charm. He has a somewhat husky voice and speaks in a friendly tone. His relaxed pace moves the reader through these snapshots of American history. Taking on the role of storyteller, England faithfully captures the authors' writing style and creates a memorable audio experience. D.M.W. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
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