ROOSEVELT, Theodore. The Roosevelt Book.

(Tokyo): Naigai Shuppan Kyokai, [1907].  First edition.  Octavo.  [194 pages].  Translation by Shigekichi Kamata.  A scarce and early publication that appears to be a compilation of sections from Roosevelt’s earlier works with chapters on Hunting, Battle of San Juan Hill, A Good Citizen etc.  Roosevelt became the 26th and youngest President of the United States in 1901 at the age of 42.  As a leader of the Progressive movement, he championed his “Square Deal” domestic policies, promising the average citizen fairness, breaking of trusts, regulation of railroads, and pure food and drugs. Making conservation a top priority, he established many new national parks, forests, and monuments intended to preserve the nation’s natural resources. In foreign policy, he focused on Central America, where he began construction of the Panama Canal. He expanded the Navy and sent the Great White Fleet on a world tour to project the United States’ naval power around the globe. His successful efforts to broker the end of the Russo-Japanese War won him the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize, and possibly resulted in the publication of this volume.  A very good copy in printed paper wrappers with the rare dust jacket.  OCLC locates two copies one in the U.S. and one in Japan. 

 

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