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Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York

Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York - Richard Zacks,  Read by Joe Ochman Teddy Roosevelt was quite a force to be reckoned with! This book is extremely interesting, and provides so much insight into his character. It's also surprisingly moving when looking at parts of T.R.'s personal life.

I listened to this on audiobook, and it was narrated by Joe Ochman. Ochman was an excellent narrator, and he altered his voice for each personality in the book. I found this to be extremely helpful, because this book is crawling with names--there is no way that I'd be able to keep everyone straight, and hearing the different voice cues assisted me there. I don't know how the experience would differ if I had read the book, but I do recommend this in audiobook format.

All in all, a very enjoyable, educational, entertaining read that taught me a great deal about Theodore Roosevelt's character, personality, and motivations. Also taught me a great deal about Victorian New York City, and about how jarring it would have been to have had someone like Theodore Roosevelt come in and try to reform that city. There was no walking softly then, but he sure did carry a big stick. And he wasn't afraid to use it!