"Actually Roosevelt was struggling, as throughout his life, between the need for power and the consequences of responsibility. It was a struggle he had never been able to wholly resolve: indeed, its contrary tensions held him together. He wanted to destroy Taft, because Taft had failed. He was determined that Taft should succeed because Taft was an extension of himself," Mr. Morris writes.
He writes, "Roosevelt had little physical resilience anymore. Cuban and Amazonian pathogens were rampant in his system, which had been further battered by erysipelas and a recent attack of ptomaine poisoning. But what made this [Quentin's] loss so devastating was the truth that it conveyed: that death in battle was no more glamorous than a death in an abattoir."