Alice Roosevelt Longworth, From White House Princess to Washington Power Broker

Book - 2007
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Alice Roosevelt Longworth lived her entire life on the political stage and in the public eye, earning her the nickname "the other Washington monument." In this new biography - the first in twenty years - Stacy A. Cordery presents a detailed and richly entertaining portrait of the witty and whip- smart daughter of Teddy Roosevelt.

"Princess Alice" was a tempestuous teenager. Smoking, gambling, and dressing flamboyantly, she flouted social conventions and opened the door for other women to do the same. Her husband was Speaker of the House Nicholas Longworth but - as Cordery documents for the first time - she had a child with her lover, Senator William Borah of Idaho. Alice's political acumen was widely respected in Washington. She was a sharp-tongued critic of her cousin FDR's New Deal programs, and meetings in her drawing room helped to change the course of history, from undermining the League of Nations to boosting Nixon. During the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, her legendary salons were still the centre of political ferment.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Viking, 2007.
ISBN: 9780670018338
Branch Call Number: 921 L859c
Characteristics: xiv, 590 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 25 cm.

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Aug 20, 2012

Stacy Cordery is an outstanding biographical writer. I checked out Alice because I read her book about Juliette Gordon Low and Alice was a supporter of the Girl Scout movement. These personal stories of women are so very important to weave into our history and give us a fresh perspective. I highly recommend this book and author.

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