Hissing Cousins

Hissing Cousins

The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth

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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
0385536011
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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Sgordano Apr 22, 2019

I admit personal bias in that Teddy Roosevelt is by far my favorite US President for a variety of reasons. However, this story is a really interesting and intricate look at the Roosevelt family, not only Alice but a lot of the background into how Eleanor became the famous icon that we all now know.

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talf
Feb 26, 2019

-How can one book be dry as heck and be a page-turner at the same time?
-Really loved going back in time with this one. I can't believe the lives these two lead.
-I had never heard of Alice Roosevelt Longworth. Fascinating personality (I mean her personality, not as a personality). Let's bring back the term "Alice Blue".
-You'll need two bookmarks for this one. Trust me, just get two and put the first one on the 2-page Roosevelt lineage map near the beginning. I don't know how many times I turned to that page to keep track of these "two" families.

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TheresaAJ
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.

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rpavlacic
Apr 28, 2015

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

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TheresaAJ
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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