WASHINGTON -- "Bully!: The Life and Times of Theodore Roosevelt" is a new book put out by D.C.-based Regnery Publishing.
It's a biography of the wildly interesting 26th president -- a soldier, writer, trustbuster, expander of federal power, conservationist, rancher, hunter, African safari-goer and Nobel laureate, just to start -- told through some 250 vintage political cartoons.
It's perhaps surprising that Regnery, which specializes in conservative, free-market and anti-communist books, would be interested in a flattering portrait of a president who sought to, and did, vastly increase the executive branch's power. Lamentably so, according to some conservatives and free-marketers.
But such are the vicissitudes of politics -- and, as can be seen from the (mostly) affectionate cartoons collected in "Bully!," such are the many draws of TR.
Author Rick Marschall, himself a political cartoonist, pop culture historian and the author and/or editor of more than 65 books, will be at the Library of Congress on Tuesday to talk about and sign copies of "Bully!"