Though a most dramatic statesman, Theodore Roosevelt had little understanding of drama itself. Since his student days at Harvard, he had delighted in reading Greek tragedies, but he once wrote to a friend, "I have never been able to see that there was the slightest warrant for resenting the death of Agamemnon on the part of his son and daughter, inasmuch as the worthy gentleman had previously slain another daughter . . . not to mention that he had obtained possession of that daughter, in order to slay her, by treachery, and that he had brought Cassandra home with him as his mistress." If this excerpt displays Roosevelt's upright morality, sense of fair play, and approval of violent recourse, it also shows a failure to comprehend the mechanics... More >>>