Hissing Cousins

Hissing Cousins

The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Book - 2015
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A provocative dual portrait of first cousins Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth discusses how their tangled lives were shaped by 20th-century history and politics, sharing insights into their childhoods, respective beliefs and adversarial relationship.
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese / Doubleday, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385536011
0385536011
Characteristics: [viii], 332 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Dwyer, Timothy 1965-

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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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