Douglas Brinkley takes a long, fond look at Theodore Roosevelt





Historian Douglas Brinkley finally has a moment.

Just in from breakfast with C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb, he stops for an interview with his former hometown's newspaper the day before he makes an appearance with Diane Rehm on NPR. Earlier this month he wrote a cover story for Vanity Fair, a postcard from a weeklong cruise in the Caribbean with actor Johnny Depp. Last month there was dinner with President Barack Obama and fellow presidential historians Michael Beschloss, H.W. Brands, Robert Caro, Robert Dallek, Doris Kearns Goodwin, David Kennedy, Kenneth Mack and Garry Wills.

And now he's poised for a book tour for "The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America," his account of the conservation efforts of the 26th president. The tour stops in New Orleans for a Garden District Book Shop signing on Saturday.

Brinkley, formerly of Tulane University and before that the University of New Orleans, now teaches at Rice University in Houston, but he still spends a lot of time in the city that was his home from 1993 to 2007.

"My wife's whole family is there," he said. "So we get back to New Orleans every couple of months." ...

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