The Reading List of Theodore Roosevelt

well-read gentleman (or lady) understands the inherent and artistic value of a curated book list. If you are an avid reader already, perhaps you have a collection of authors who's books you eagerly consume and cherish. Collecting a personal library of books is a wonderfully easy (and relatively cheap) way of building a "board of advisors" so to speak. Books are the compact, organized package of knowledge and wisdom from brilliant minds across the centuries making it, easily, one of the most beneficial investments of our time and money.

NOTE: I have my own reading list, of which, my favorites are located here for your convenience.

Known for his adeptness at conversation on virtually any topic, Theodore Roosevelt is arguably one of the greats to look to for such a list. A friend once wrote him a letter asking for book recommendations - from the looks of it, it seems as though Roosevelt was quite accommodating. His list includes works from philosophers, playwrights, novelists, great orators, historians and others who excelled in their fields. The incredible part is that these are just 100 books from the masses that he had read over the previous two years. It is said that he read tens of thousands of books in his lifetime! Without further ado,

On my way back from Oyster Bay on Election day I tried to jot down the books I have been reading for the last two years, and they run as follows.
— Theodore Roosevelt

The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides

The Histories by Herodotus

The Histories by Polybius

Plutarch’s Lives by Plutarch

Oresteia Trilogy by Aeschylus

Seven Against Thebes by Aeschylus

Hippolytus by Euripides

The Bacchae by Euripides

Frogs by Aristophones

Politics by Aristotle

Early Age of Greece by William Ridgeway

Alexander the Great by Benjamin Ide Wheeler

History of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria by Gaston Maspero

Chronicles by Froissart

The Memoirs of Baron de Marbot by Baron de Marbot

Charles XII and the Collapse of the Swedish Empire by Robert Nisbet Bain

Types of Naval Officers by AT Mahan

Critical and Historical Essays by Thomas Macaulay

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

The Life of Prince Eugene by Prince Eugene of Savoy

Life of Lieut.-Admiral De Ruyter  by G Grinnell-Milne

Life of Sobieski by John Sobieski

Frederick the Great by Thomas Carlyle

Abraham Lincoln: A History by Hay and Nicolay

Speeches and Writings by Abraham Lincoln

The Essays by Francis Bacon

Macbeth by Shakespeare

Twelfth Night by Shakespeare

Henry IV by Shakespeare

Henry the Fifth by Shakespeare

Richard II by Shakespeare

Paradise Lost by John Milton

Poems by Michael Drayton

Nibelungenlied by Anonymous

Inferno by Dante prose translastion by Carlyle

Beowulf by Samuel H. Church translation

Heimskringla: Lives of the Norse Kings by Snorri Sturluson

The Story of Burnt Njal by George Dasent translation

Gisli the Outlaw by George Dasent translation

Cuchulain of Muirthemne by Lady Gregory translation

The Affected Young Ladies by Moliere

The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini

The Kingis Quair by James I of Scotland

Over the Teacups by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Shakespeare and Voltaire by Thomas Lounsbury

Sevastopol Sketches by Leo Tolstoy

The Cossacks by Leo Tolstoy

With Fire and Sword by Henryk Sienkiewicz

Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott

The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott

Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott

Waverly by Sir Walter Scott

Quentin Durward by Sir Walter Scott

Marmion by Sir Walter Scott

The Lay of the Last Minstrel by Sir Walter Scott

The Pilot by James Fenimore Cooper

Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

The History of Pendennis by William Makepeace Thackeray

The Newcomes by William Makepeace Thackeray

The Adventures of Philip by William Makepeace Thackeray

The White Company by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Charles O’Malley by Charles Lever

Poems by John Keats

Poems by Robert Browning

Poems by Edgar Allan Poe

Poems by Lord Alfred Tennyson

Poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Poems by Rudyard Kipling

Poems by Bliss Carman

Tales by Edgard Allan Poe

Essays by James Russell Lowell

Complete Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson

British Ballads by William Allingham

The Simple Life by Charles Wagner

The Rose and the Ring by William Makepeace Thackeray

Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen

Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Grimm Bros

The Story of King Arthur by Howard Pyle

Complete Tales of Uncle Remus by Joel Chandler Harris

The Woman Who Toils by Bessie Van Vorst

The Golden Age by Kenneth Grahame

All on the Irish Shore by Somerville & Ross

Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville & Ross

Asia and Europe by Meredith Townsend

Youth: A Narrative by Joseph Conrad

Works by Artemus Ward

Stories of a Western Town by Octave Thanet

My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War by Ben Viljoen

Through the Subarctic Forest by Warburton Pike

Cross Country with Horse and Hound by Frank Sherman Peer

Ways of Nature by John Burroughs

The Real Malay by Frank Swettenham

Gallops by David Gray

Napoleon Jackson by Ruth Stuart

The Passing of Thomas by Thomas Janvier

The Benefactress by Elizabeth von Arnim

People of the Whirlpool by Mabel Osgood Wright

Call of the Wild by Jack London

The Little Sheperd of Kingdom Come by John Fox

The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop by Hamlin Garland

The Gentleman from Indiana by Booth Tarkington

The Crisis by Winston Churchill

John Ermine of the Yellowstone by Frederic Remington

The Virginian by Owen Wister

Red Men and White by Owen Wister

Philosophy 4 by Owen Wister

Lin McLean by Owen Wister

The Blazed Trail by Stewart Edward White

Conjuror’s House by Stewart Edward White

The Claim Jumpers by Stewart Edward White

American Revolution by George Otto Trevelyan