The Loves of Theodore Roosevelt by Edward O'Keefe Book Signing

A spirited and poignant family love story, revealing how an icon of rugged American masculinity was profoundly shaped by the women in his life, especially his mother, sisters, and wives.
Theodore Roosevelt wrote in his senior thesis for Harvard in 1880 that women ought to be paid equal to men and have the option of keeping their maiden names upon marriage. It's little surprise he'd be a feminist, given the women he grew up with.
His mother, Mittie, was witty and decisive, a Southern belle raising four young children in New York while her husband spent long stretches away with the Union Army. Theodore's college sweetheart and first wife, Alice--so vivacious she was known as Sunshine--steered her beau away from science (he'd roam campus with taxidermy specimens in his pockets) and towards politics. Older sister Bamie would soon become her brother's key political strategist and advisor; journalists called her Washington, DC, home "the Little White House." Younger sister Conie served as her brother's press secretary before the role existed, slipping stories of his heroics in Cuba and his rambunctious home life to reporters to create the legend of the Rough Rider we remember today. And Edith--Theodore's childhood playmate and second wife--would elevate the role of presidential spouse to an American institution, curating both the White House and her husband's legacy.
A dazzling and lyrical look at the making of one of America's most remarkable presidents, The Loves of Theodore Roosevelt celebrates five extraordinary yet unsung women who opened the door to the American Century and pushed Theodore Roosevelt through it.

Edward F. O’Keefe is the CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation. He previously spent two decades in broadcast and digital media at ABC News, CNN, and NowThis, during which time he received a Primetime Emmy Award for his work with Anthony Bourdain, two Webby Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and a George Foster Peabody Award for ABC’s coverage of 9/11. A former fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, he graduated with honors from Georgetown University. He was born in North Dakota and lives in New York with his wife, daughter, and son.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2024 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
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