Having boundless energy Teddy Roosevelt proved to be a president like no other. He set out to shift power from the Congress, which dominated at the time, to the executive branch of government. He went after combines and trusts and then focused on completing the Panama canal, purchasing shares owned by France. When the Columbian Senate refused to pass a deal he had negotiated with them, he threw his support behind Panamanian rebels. He faced re-election in 1904 and won easily but he also committed what is considered to be the gravest error of his political career: he promised not to run again. For brokering a deal between Russia and Japan, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Meanwhile, TR's favorite niece Eleanor was living an unhappy childhood. An orphan by the age of 10, she was sent to live with her maternal grandmother. She constantly felt like a fish out of water with little or no self-esteem and few friends she could call her own. The happiest time in her young life was likely ...