The Life and Times of Theodore Roosevelt: Illustrated with More Than 250 Vintage Political Cartoons


Bully!: The Life and Times of Theodore Roosevelt: Illustrated with More Than 250 Vintage Political Cartoons

One of America’s most beloved presidents comes to life in this comprehensive, unique biography illustrated by more than 250 period cartoons.

Theodore Roosevelt, adored for everything from his much-caricatured teeth and glasses to his almost childlike exuberance and boundless energy, as well as his astounding achievements, captivated Americans of his day—and the cartoonists who immortalized him in their drawings. In Bully! The Life and Times of Theodore Roosevelt, author and cartoonist Rick Marschall tells Roosevelt’s story, using words and colorful images alike. Incorporating hundreds of vintage illustrations, Bully! captures Roosevelt’s remarkable life and incredible accomplishments as no other biography has.

In Bully! you will read and see why this man continues to capture the imaginations of Americans and those who love America. You will learn:

  • Why World War I might never have happened if Roosevelt had won the presidency for a third term
  • How TR the Rough Rider inspired his men How Roosevelt drove the building of the Panama Canal through almost insuperable obstacles
  • Why his strong (but today underreported) Christian faith directed his every action
  • Why the cowboy” Roosevelt was the most intellectual president America has ever had
  • Why his foreign policy of speaking softly and carrying a big stick was so successful
  • How the Progressive” Roosevelt was actually a Conservative”

  • Regnery Publishing; October 2011
  • ISBN 9781596982819
  • Read online
  • Title: Bully!
  • Author: Rick Marschall
  • Imprint: Regnery History

In The Press

Praise for Bully!

Bully! is a picture album like no other: a treasure trove of political cartoons celebrating our national love affair with Theodore Roosevelt—a gigantic figure from the past, beloved and admired by the American people, then and now.”
—Daniel Ruddy, author of Theodore Roosevelt’s History of the United States

Theodore Roosevelt was the darling of the caricaturists and cartoonists of the golden age of that art form, as this book so well illustrates. These artists’ descendants today long for another Theodore Roosevelt—and they aren’t the only ones.”
—Tweed Roosevelt, President of the Theodore Roosevelt Association, and great grandson of Theodore Roosevelt

If anyone needs proof that cartoons provide the most fun food for thought for the American political system—open up Rick Marschall’s Bully! and start feasting. Great cartoons, forgotten masters of cartooning, brilliant discussion of issues, and a colorful American hero. Bully, indeed.”
—Bob Mankoff, Cartoon Editor, The New Yorker

About The Author

Rick Marschall, author or editor of more than sixty-five books, is a former political cartoonist and has written extensively on politics, history, and cartoons. Bostonia magazine calls him perhaps America’s foremost authority on popular culture.” He has taught at Rutgers and the School of Visual Arts, and maintains the nation’s largest private collection of cartoon and comic art, popular and graphic-satire magazines, newspaper funnies, political cartoons, and original art. A lifelong Roosevelt scholar, he currently lives in Michigan.