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Theodore Roosevelt's Reading List

While Roosevelt was renowned for his ability to direct his full attention to a book, he was not at all opposed to the idea of skimming when necessary. Below you'll find a list that Theodore Roosevelt sent to a friend in its entirety. Peruse it, use it for your own reading life, and enjoy. You'll find everything from Greek history and tragedy, to the dramas of Shakespeare, to modern popular novels, and treatises on the outdoors. He noted in his letter that he had read over half of these titles multiple times – an incredible feat in its own right.
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The History of the Peloponnesian War
The History of the Peloponnesian War
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The Histories
The Histories
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The Histories (Polybius)
The Histories (Polybius)
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Plutarch's Lives
Plutarch's Lives
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The Oresteia (Aeschylus)
The Oresteia (Aeschylus)
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Seven Against Thebes (Aeschylus)
Seven Against Thebes (Aeschylus)
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Hippolytus (Euripides)
Hippolytus (Euripides)
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The Bacchae (Euripides)
The Bacchae (Euripides)
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The Frogs (Aristophanes)
The Frogs (Aristophanes)
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Politics (Aristotle)
Politics (Aristotle)
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Early Age of Greece (William Ridgeway)
Early Age of Greece (William Ridgeway)
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Alexander the Great (Benjamin Ide Wheeler)
Alexander the Great (Benjamin Ide Wheeler)
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History of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria (Gaston Maspero)
History of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria (Gaston Maspero)
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Chronicles (Jean Froissart)
Chronicles (Jean Froissart)
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The Memoirs of Baron De Marbot (Baron De Marbot)
The Memoirs of Baron De Marbot (Baron De Marbot)
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Charles XII and the Collapse of the Swedish Empire (Robert Nisbet Bain)
Charles XII and the Collapse of the Swedish Empire (Robert Nisbet Bain)
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Types of Naval Officers (AT Mahan)
Types of Naval Officers (AT Mahan)
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Critical and Historical Essays (Thomas Macaulay)
Critical and Historical Essays (Thomas Macaulay)
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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
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The Life of Prince Eugene (Prince Eugene of Savoy)
The Life of Prince Eugene (Prince Eugene of Savoy)
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Life of Lieut.-Admiral De Ruyter (G Grinnell-Milne)
Life of Lieut.-Admiral De Ruyter (G Grinnell-Milne)
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Life of Sobieski (John Sobieski)
Life of Sobieski (John Sobieski)
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Frederick the Great (Thomas Carlyle)
Frederick the Great (Thomas Carlyle)
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Abraham Lincoln: A History (Hay and Nicolay)
Abraham Lincoln: A History (Hay and Nicolay)
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Speeches and Writings (Abraham Lincoln)
Speeches and Writings (Abraham Lincoln)
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The Essays (Francis Bacon)
The Essays (Francis Bacon)
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MacBeth (William Shakespeare)
MacBeth (William Shakespeare)
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Twelfth Night (William Shakespeare)
Twelfth Night (William Shakespeare)
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Henry IV (William Shakespeare)
Henry IV (William Shakespeare)
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Henry V (William Shakespeare)
Henry V (William Shakespeare)
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Richard II (William Shakespeare)
Richard II (William Shakespeare)
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Paradise Lost (John Milton)
Paradise Lost (John Milton)
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Poems (Michael Drayton)
Poems (Michael Drayton)
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The Nibelungenlied (Anonymous)
The Nibelungenlied (Anonymous)
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Inferno (Dante)
Inferno (Dante)
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Beowulf
Beowulf
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Heimskringla (Snorri Sturluson)
Heimskringla (Snorri Sturluson)
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Saga of Burnt Njal (M Magnusson, Trans)
Saga of Burnt Njal (M Magnusson, Trans)
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Gisli the Outlaw (Anonymous)
Gisli the Outlaw (Anonymous)
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Cuchulain of Muirthemne (Lady Augusta Gregory)
Cuchulain of Muirthemne (Lady Augusta Gregory)
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