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Theodore Roosevelt Books

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919), also known as TR, and to the public (but never to friends and intimates) as Teddy, was the twenty-sixth President of the United States. In March 1909, shortly after the end of his presidency, Roosevelt left New York for a safari in east and central Africa.

Roosevelt's party hunted for specimens for the Smithsonian Institution and for the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The group was led by the legendary professional hunter R J Cuninghame and was joined from time to time by Frederick Selous. Among other items, Roosevelt brought with him four tons of salt for preserving animal hides, a lucky rabbit's foot, an elephant-rifle and the famous Pigskin Library, a collection of classics bound in pig leather and transported in a single reinforced trunk.

Roosevelt and his companions killed or trapped more than 11,397 animals, from insects and moles to hippopotamuses and elephants. These included 512 big game animals, including six white rhinos. The expedition consumed 262 of the animals. Tons of salted animals and their skins were shipped to Washington and it took years to mount them all.

Theodore Roosevelt
L to R: Kermit Roosevelt, Leslie Tarlton, Theodore Roosevelt

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African Game Trails

African Game Trails by Theodore Roosevelt (1910) is about the famed safari of the noted sportsman, conservationist and President. Kindle Version



Life Histories Of African Game Animals

Life Histories Of African Game Animals by Theodore Roosevelt and Edmund Heller (1914) 2 Volumes. Hunting throughout Africa with information on nearly every species of game animal broken down by country. The most definitive hunting book authored by Roosevelt. Free eBook Vol I Free eBook Vol II



A Book-Lover's Holidays In The Open

A Book-Lover's Holidays In The Open by Theodore Roosevelt (1916). Stories of hunting cougar in the Grand Canyon, ranch life and travel in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Patagonia, hunting in South America and Africa, hunting moose in Quebec and chapters on native Americans. Free Ebook


The Works Of Theodore Roosevelt

The Works Of Theodore Roosevelt by Theodore Roosevelt (1882)



Hunting Trips Of A Ranchman & The Wilderness Hunter

Hunting Trips Of A Ranchman by Theodore Roosevelt (1885) provides vivid portraits of the land as well as the people and animals that inhabited it, underscoring Roosevelt's abiding concerns as a naturalist. This book chronicles Roosevelt's adventures tracking a twelve-hundred-pound grizzly bear in the pine forests of the Bighorn Mountains. Kindle Version


Through The Brazilian Wilderness

Through The Brazilian Wilderness by Theodore Roosevelt (1914). At the age of fifty-five, Theodore Roosevelt took part in an expedition to the far reaches of the Amazon. This book is Roosevelt's journal during the expedition into the unknown in the name of science. Kindle Version


East Of The Sun And West Of The Moon

East Of The Sun And West Of The Moon by Theodore Roosevelt & Kermit Roosevelt (1926) is a very important Asian sheep hunting classic. Ovis poli, ibex, wapiti and bear hunting in the Tian Shen, Mountains of Ladakh. Free eBook


Theodore Roosevelt DVD

In The Blood DVD

In The Blood is a film by George Butler of two hunting safaris separated by eighty years. The first, taken by Theodore Roosevelt in 1909, is captured through vintage footage and photography. The second is taken by Roosevelt's grandson in 1986, as he shoulder's the famed president's rifle and, accompanied by his young son, follows in the footsteps of elephants and crocodiles. R L Wilson was involved in the filming of this documentary. DVD 90 mins.



Theodore Roosevelt's African Safari, 1909 - Part 1 of 4

Theodore Roosevelt's African Safari, 1909 - Part 2 of 4

Theodore Roosevelt's African Safari, 1909 - Part 3 of 4

Theodore Roosevelt's African Safari, 1909 - Part 4 of 4

Books About Theodore Roosevelt

R L Wilson

Theodore Roosevelt: Outdoorsman

Theodore Roosevelt: Outdoorsman by R L Wilson (1971) is a fascinating biography written by one of America's foremost authorities on Winchester and Colt firearms. It covers not only Roosevelt's love of hunting and conservation but relates to the firearms he used and there is a particularly interesting section on the planning for his African trip and the American rifles he arranged for his great adventure.


Theodore Roosevelt: Hunter-Conservationist

Theodore Roosevelt: Hunter-Conservationist by R L Wilson (2010) is new from the Boone and Crockett Club and is a sweeping view of the outdoor life of the rancher, explorer, soldier, statesman, author, 26th President of the United States - and hero to hunters and conservationists.


John Seerey-Lester

The Legendary Hunts Of Theodore Roosevelt

The Legendary Hunts Of Theodore Roosevelt by John Seerey-Lester (2015) contains full page paintings depicting the hunting adventures of Theodore Roosevelt in North America, Africa and Brazil.


Related Theodore Roosevelt Books

  • In Africa: Hunting Adventures In The Big Game Country by John McCutcheon (1910) is an account of his African safari with Carl Akeley which met and spent time with the Roosevelt safari.
  • Edgar A Mearns African bird books (1913-15). He was one of the three eminent naturalists accompanying the Roosevelt safari.
  • Edmund HellerAfrican rodent and mammal books (1909-14). He was one of the three eminent naturalists accompanying the Roosevelt safari.
  • African Adventure Stories by J Alden Loring (1932). John Alden Loring (1872 - 1947) was the third naturalist on the Roosevelt safari. He was the Smithsonian specialist designated to preserve small mammals collected during the year-long expedition. Free eBook


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