Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Teddy takes Manhattan
Quite a cottage industry revolving around books on Teddy Roosevelt. Surprised Jay Parini hasn't taken a shot at Teddy, especially since he was a famous author too. Here is the latest installment, Island of Vice, which has received rave reviews,
“Here is young Teddy Roosevelt as the reformist New York City Police Commissioner confronted in 1895 with a cabal of unaccountably wealthy police officials, whole neighborhoods of brothels, and the paws of the Tammany Tiger in everything. A delicious municipal history, impeccably researched, excitingly told.”
--E. L. Doctorow, award-winning author of Ragtime
You gotta love the cover! But, I don't think prostitutes were his biggest problem.