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August 13, 2013


A Novel
by Robert Louis DeMayo

The true story of how two Maine woodsmen taught Theodore Roosevelt to stand on his own feet in 1878 in the northern woods.

This a fictionalized account of a true story - the tale of how two rough Maine woodsmen took a young Theodore Roosevelt under their wing in 1878 and introduced him to the beautiful but unforgiving woodlands of the Northeast. Under their guidance, the frail but strong-willed New Yorker becomes a worthy outdoorsman, an experience which significantly shaped the world view of the man poised to become the 26th President of the United States thirteen years later. Historical Fiction.
THE MAKING OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT is an account of the early journeys of Teddy Roosevelt.  The setting is in the northern woods of Maine in 1878. Mr. DeMayo has presented  a vivid  outlook on the hardships that the wilds of Maine can present. The author takes you along on the journeys as you see the change of the well known historic figure. Mr. DeMayo shows you a side of Theodore Roosevelt that isn't usually written about. The young Roosevelt and his adventures to the Maine wilds.  Here is where he learned about the woods. The book is well written.  Even though it is a historical fiction read, there is a lot to be learned as the book is not only interesting but educational.  I feel the book will be of interest to the young and the young at heart.  It is truly a book that I want to keep on my shelf and re-read. The author brings the past to us as we journey with Teddy on his adventures. I liked that the book was not too fast paced.  It allowed you to take it all in and picture everything in your mind.. This book may be a fictional account but it seems so real in every aspect.  Wonderful writing to be able to take fiction and make it seem real.  One great historical, interesting and educational read.  

I would give this book  5 STARS.

I was given a complimentary copy of THE MAKING OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT from the author, Robert Louis DeMayo for my honest view.

The cover deserves a 5 STARS too.

Theodore "T.R." Roosevelt, Jr. was the 26th President of the United States. He is noted for his exuberant personality, range of interests and achievements, and his leadership of the Progressive Movement, as well as his "cowboy" persona and robust masculinity. He was a leader of the Republican Party and founder of the first incarnation of the short-lived Progressive Party of 1912. Before becoming President, he held offices at the city, state, and federal levels. Roosevelt's achievements as a naturalist, explorer, hunter, author, …

Lived: Oct 27, 1858 - Jan 6, 1919 (age 60)
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Spouse: Edith Roosevelt (1886 - 1919) · Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt  
Parents: Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. · Martha Bulloch Roosevelt

Robert Louis DeMayo took up writing at the age of twenty when he left his job as a biomedical engineer to explore the world. Over the next fifteen years he traveled to every corner of the globe, spending almost eight years abroad and experiencing approximately one hundred countries. He is a member of The Explorers Club. During his travels he worked extensively for the travel section of The Telegraph, out of Hudson, NH. For three years he worked as marketing director for Eos, a company that served as a travel office for six non-profit organizations and offered dives to the Titanic and the Bismarck, Antarctic voyages, African safaris and archaeological tours throughout the world. After, Robert worked for three years as a tour guide in Alaska during the summers and as a jeep guide in Sedona, Arizona, during the winter. He was general manager at A Day in the West, a Jeep tour company in Sedona before he decided to write full time.

He is the author of The Making of Theodore Roosevelt, a fictionalized account of Roosevelt´s acquaintance with wilderness living, and The Cave Where the Water Always Drips, an adventure tale set in modern and colonial times of the Southwest. Currently he resides in Sedona with his wife Diana and three daughters: Tavish Lee, Saydrin Scout, and Martika Louise. _Roosevelt

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