Decided to read this book after reading "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt" which did an amazing job showing the great "man" Roosevelt was. However, "Bully Boy" gives you the other side of Roosevelt; Roosevelt the politician. Powell goes to great lengths to point out where Roosevelt the man and Roosevelt the politician differ.
Roosevelt, although a tremendous personage in his personal life, his
war mongering antics are still being felt today. His need to usurp the
Constitution and the controls set in place to prevent government from
acting unilaterally, had dire consequences both in war and economy.
The book covers in detail the"trust busting" era and how its intentions and results were predicated on special interest and cronyism. As in most of instances where government oversteps their authorization, the results are destructive to the people. This is a great book in my opinion. I am suer that other's views differ from mine and they feel that the FDA and that shifting the monopolies from private ones to government ones somehow made things better, but nonetheless I enjoyed this book.
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Crown Forum; 1St Edition edition (August 8, 2006)