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Hissing Cousins: The Lifelong Rivalry of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth

 
 
Author
Marc Peyser & Timothy Dwyer.
Publisher Anchor  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.1 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9781101971628
Pages/Publication Date 332/2016
Daedalus Item Code 69257
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When Theodore Roosevelt became president in 1901, his beautiful and flamboyant daughter was transformed into "Princess Alice," and received global celebrity. Three decades later, Alice's first cousin Eleanor moved into the White House as First Lady. The two women had been born eight months and 20 blocks apart in New York City, spent much of their childhoods together, and were far more alike than most historians acknowledge, yet Democratic icon Eleanor was committed to social justice and hated the limelight, while Republican Alice was an opponent of big government who gained notoriety for her cutting remarks. The cousins liked to play up their rivalry—in the 1930s they even wrote opposing syndicated newspaper columns and embarked on competing nationwide speaking tours—but when the family business is politics, winning trumps everything. Lively, intimate, and stylishly written, this double biography portrays two extraordinary women whose entwined lives give us a sweeping look at the 20th century in America.

"One of the most entertaining accounts of serious history I've read, eliciting laughter, groans and ultimately a certain panoramic comprehension."—Diane McWhorter

"For much of the 20th century Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Longworth defined what it meant to be an influential woman in politics.... This part of the grand Roosevelt family saga has rarely been told, and never better." —H.W. Brands

 
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