Hissing Cousins: The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and by Marc Peyser, Timothy Dwyer
By Marc Peyser, Timothy Dwyer
A full of life and provocative double biography of first cousins Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth, notable ladies whose tangled lives supply a sweeping examine the 20 th century.
When Theodore Roosevelt grew to become president in 1901, his appealing and flamboyant daughter used to be remodeled into "Princess Alice," arguably the century's first worldwide big name. Thirty-two years later, her first cousin Eleanor moved into the White condominium as First woman. Born 8 months and twenty blocks except one another in manhattan urban, Eleanor and Alice spent a wide a part of their childhoods jointly and have been way more alike than so much historians recognize.
But their politics and temperaments couldn't were extra detailed. Do-gooder Eleanor used to be devoted to social justice yet hated the limelight; acid-tongued Alice, who turned the spouse of philandering Republican congressman Nicholas Longworth, was once an opponent of massive executive who received notoriety for her slicing feedback (she famously quipped that dour President Coolidge "looked like he used to be weaned on a pickle"). whereas Eleanor revolutionized the position of First girl together with her outspoken ardour for human rights, Alice made the main of her insider connections to persuade politics, together with doing as a lot to defeat the League of countries as a person in non-compulsory office.
The cousins themselves beloved to play up their oil-and-water courting. "When i feel of Frank and Eleanor within the White condo i'll grind my enamel to powder and blow them out my nose," Alice as soon as stated. within the Thirties they even wrote opposing syndicated newspaper columns and launched into competing national conversing excursions. Blood can be thicker than water, but if the kin enterprise is politics, profitable trumps everything.
Vivid, intimate, and stylishly written, Hissing Cousins eventually units this courting heart level, revealing the contentious bond among political trailblazers who short-circuited the foundations of gender and tool, every one in her personal method.
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