Hissing Cousins

Hissing Cousins

The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Book - 2015
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Examines the relationship between cousins Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth, "revealing the contentious bond between two political trailblazers who short-circuited the rules of gender and power, each in her own way"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385536011
Branch Call Number: B ROOSEVELT
Characteristics: [viii], 332 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, genealogical table ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Dwyer, Timothy 1965-- Author


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Jun 06, 2017

Eleanor and Alice Roosevelt were first cousins born eight months apart in 1884. In today's parlance, both these girls had Daddy issues. Eleanor's father, Elliott, all but abandoned his family because of alcoholism. Alice's father, Theodore, never recovered from his wife's dying during childbirth and spent much of his time seeking grand adventures and running for public office. Both girls were raised by their grandmothers. The oil-and-water personality/relationship between the girls resulted in "do-gooder" Eleanor and "bad girl" Alice. Both girls were viewed as bad mothers but became doting and beloved grandmothers. Both married philandering husbands and influenced Washington politics for decades. Using primary sources and family interviews, the authors reveal the true stories behind "two political trailblazers , who short-circuited the rules of gender and power, each in her own way.

Apr 28, 2015

Argh ... do we really need another book about two family members who hated each other?


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Jun 06, 2017

"Many of Alice's rants against the New Deal would sound utterly current in twenty-first-century America; so would Eleanor's laments about social and economic inequality."


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