Have just read 1920 the year of the six presidents and found it really great. Do you think that TR would have won that year had he lived? I kinda think not- the world had changed dramatically by then and he might not have fitted the role in 1920. Acting on your recommendation I'm now going to get Karl Roves new book as 1896 has always fascinated me. So have a Happy Christmas and all the best for 2016!!
Yes, if Theodore Roosevelt had not died in 1919, I believe that he absolutely would have won the 1920 election. Although TR had left office in 1909, he was still a relatively young man – he was only 60 years old at the time of his death – and after the debacle of his 1912 bid for the Presidency and his decision to sit out the 1916 election, the country was looking to him to retake the White House in 1920 (especially after eight years of Woodrow Wilson). Plus, as you can see from the eventual nominees in 1920 (Warren G. Harding for the Republicans and James M. Cox for the Democrats), the field of “contenders” was extremely weak in 1920, so Roosevelt would have stood head-and-shoulders above any potential challengers if he had lived.
I’m glad that you’re going to check out Karl Rove’s The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters (BOOK | KINDLE). As I mentioned, I was pleasantly surprised by the book and am happy to recommend it.
If you enjoyed 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents, I would also suggest checking out David Pietrusza’s other books on various Presidential elections – all of them are worth the read. I am a big fan of Pietrusza’s style; he writes history with a journalist’s eye for detail and I feel like that helps bring the story closer to the reader. Pietrusza’s books on specific Presidential elections are like a modern version of Theodore White’s classic The Making of the President series, so I definitely recommend checking out these:
•1960: LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon: The Epic Campaign That Forged Three Presidencies by David Pietrusza
•1948: Harry Truman’s Improbable Victory and the Year That Transformed America by David Pietrusza
•1932: The Rise of Hitler and FDR: Two Tales of Politics, Betrayal, and Unlikely Destiny by David Pietrusza (BOOK | KINDLE)