Jurden Theodore Roosevelt Darien Library

Author Laurence Jurdem to Discuss His book on Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Lodge Wednesday at Darien Library

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One of Darien’s own, Laurence Jurdem, will discuss his new book, The Rough Rider and the Professor: Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, and the Friendship that Changed American History, from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at Darien Library. — an announcement from Darien Library

The book chronicles the extraordinary thirty-five-year friendship between President Theodore Roosevelt and Senator Henry Cabot Lodge of Massachusetts, and is a fascinating look at a personal relationship that was behind the making of modern politics and government at the dawn of the twentieth century. Theodore Roosevelt was a uniquely gifted figure who employed his abilities to rise from an unknown New York legislator to become the youngest man ever to assume the presidency in 1901. His rapid success would not have occurred without the assistance of the powerful New Englander, Henry Cabot Lodge. Eight years older than Roosevelt, from a prominent Massachusetts family, Lodge was one of the most calculating, combative politicians of his age.