After having been to the Badlands and Mount Rushmore a few months ago I decided to pick up a book about one of the faces on the monument who was instrumental in creating many national parks. Darrin Lunde’s book The Naturalist: Theodore Roosevelt; A Lifetime of Exploration, and the Triumph of American Naturalist History was an enjoyable look into the former President natural legacy.

The biography begins with a look at the influences on Theodore Roosevelt at school a child that led to his proclivity to enjoy nature and desire to study it. An avid hunter,  Roosevelt was also a true Naturalist, studying animals in their native habitats as well as after preserving their hides and skeletons for scientific pursuits. While the biography is strictly a look at his biological naturalism–his presidency is mainly referenced as how it kept him from his outdoor pursuits–it also gives good insight into Roosevelt’s life and passions.

I recommend this book for readers who enjoy the outdoors, history and looks into the lives of historical personalities. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased book review.