Theodore Roosevelt: Speed Reading and Dickens

Roosevelt reading with his dog in Colorado in 1905 (AP).

Roosevelt reading with his dog in Colorado in 1905 (AP).

“The wise thing to do is simply to skip the bosh and twaddle and vulgarity and untruth, and get the benefit out of the rest.” – Theodore Roosevelt, on reading Charles Dickens

Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th American president, was also an avid speed reader. It’s been said that while president, he would read a book before breakfast everyday. That takes some serious skill and dedication. There is an alleged list of his favorite books that he would read over and over again, but I have not been able to find it yet. I’m curious to see what books were most appealing to a man who read just about anything he could get his hands on. Apparently, Franklin Rosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Jimmy Carter were all speed readers as well, but none was as active in his reading as Teddy Roosevelt.

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