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"Show. Edward become Ted comes here. And his new book is a Theodore Roosevelt heir to the empire City, New York, and the making of Theodore Roosevelt, very early in the twenties right out of college. He plunges into bare knuckle politics with John Kelly, the great John Kelly of Tammany hall, and the mayor's in his pockets and the sheriffs in his pockets. But then I've doubled tragedy is mother and his wife die within hours of each other. He has now an infant girl. He has no particular way of understanding to raise Alice, it will become an extremely famous person in the twentieth century Allah's Roosevelt, a wonder and I recommend to everyone. However at this point she is a reminder of his tragedy and his heartbreak that's why he calls her baby leave for a while. And not Alice at all. Ted. Teddy Roosevelt is born into a very well to do family living in New York whose grandfather whose his father to the young Roosevelt. Yeah. We forget Roosevelt remains today. The only American president ever born in New York City and Roosevelt's routes in Manhattan. Go back to the time. When it was new Amsterdam by the time Roosevelt is born. There's already a Roosevelt street. They're soon going to be a Roosevelt hospital, his grandfather, Cornelius van shack Roosevelt, one of the richest men in New York City, you know, responsible for banking mining shipping, and his father is Theodore Roosevelt senior who is a partner in the family firm, Roosevelt and son, but never seems to have really mind for business. He's much more interested in his philothranpic philanthropic work in New York City. He helps found the Metropolitan Museum of art. The American Museum of natural history and lots of charities for news boys who are homeless for people who need. The help. And so you can kind of see these different facts on on the one hand Roosevelt is born with a silver spoon in his mouth. But he's also infused by his father with a sense of Noblesse. Oh believes that with great wealth with great responsibility. You know comes responsibility for your community comes for with responsibility. For those less fortunate in your in your town in your city. He's very carefully educated. He travels to Europe, I think twice with his family. Any a warships his father who dies very young? He dies at forty six. Suddenly one Christmas he gets ill. And then he's dead. At this point. Theodore Roosevelt has looked to the world is look to go off to Harvard. He is heartbreak losing his father and Harvard. Cambridge is he attracted to the world of Boston. Which at this point was the intellectual center of America. I think if there was one thing that was ever going to sever possibly sour Roosevelt's connection with New York City. William wasn't the west. It was Boston in Boston. He found as you say was it was the Athens of America. It was designed typic- center. The academic center the poetic center, the literary center of the United States. He became best friends with a Boston Brahmin elite the cion us. Great east coast shipping family banking family. Of course, that's where he found his future wife, Alice Hathaway, Lee. So it's best friends were in Boston. His wife and family were in Boston. And also, I mean Boston did have this idea that his father tried to invest in Roosevelt. The Boston Brahmin, of course, one of the things that they poured their money back into. Was the community was things like Harvard University. And also the Boston Brahmin allowed their sons to enter politics something that was very rare in New York at the time. So when we were talking about Roosevelt entering the assembly in Albany. This was something that the wealthy sons in New York City to not do I think this is certainly one of the many lessons that he brought back with him to New York from Harvard Cambridge Boston and chestnut hill after his father's death. And we've talked about him on the assembly, but losing Alice and his mother within days heavy on his heart. You quote from his diary at the time, and he doesn't express his grief. But we do know that he threw himself into a frantic activity. Chiefly now going out west. And here you challenge, you are revisionist historian. You challenge the assumptions of nineteenth century and twentieth century biographer. About Roosevelt who argue that. He was shaped by the west, how do you respond Ted? I mean, when you think about his time in the west, I mean, certainly the man most responsible for Roosevelt's, western image is Theodore Roosevelt, he emphasized a tremendously during his life in his autobiography, and historians and biographers have kind of taken him at his word Roosevelt had political leaders to emphasize us to have emphasized, a more popular and populist image to transcend, this narrow demographic that he represented in Manhattan's upper crust and also personal reasons to emphasize the manly and the masculine which is what does work as a cattle, rancher and cowboy and hunter was the at the end of the day. He only spent about eighteen months in residence out in his cattle ranches, and you didn't really become a towel. Boy, his ranch hand referred to him as Mr. Roosevelt, and he was always making. Trips back to New York City significantly. He may trips packs in New York City in October of eighteen eighty four eighteen eighty five October eighteen eighty six which was both. Campaign season in New York City. But it was also nomination time Roosevelt not only wanted to keep a hand in who became the candidates in his city, which is how he always referred to New York City. But certainly by eighteen eighty six he was probably hoping about one of those nominations would be thrown his way the book is about Theodore Roosevelt's, New York. Aired to the empire City New York in the making a Feodor Roosevelt. Edward Picone is the author and we're going to go to Roosevelt campaigning for James seaplane in eighty four and then for himself eighty five and eighty six I'm John Batchelor. This is the John Batchelor show.."