Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, from White House Princess to Washington Power Broker Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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An entertaining and eye-opening biography of America's most memorable first daughter
From the moment Teddy Roosevelt's outrageous and charming teenage daughter strode into the White House—carrying a snake and dangling a cigarette—the outspoken Alice began to put her imprint on the whole of the twentieth-century political scene. Her barbed tongue was as infamous as her scandalous personal life, but whenever she talked, powerful people listened, and she reigned for eight decades as the social doyenne in a town where socializing was state business. Historian Stacy Cordery's unprecedented access to personal papers and family archives enlivens and informs this richly entertaining portrait of America's most memorable first daughter and one of the most influential women in twentieth-century American society and politics.
* This audiobook includes a downloadable PDF that contains the Roosevelt family tree from the book. Please feel free to refer to it as you listen along. The names in boldface are mentioned in Alice.
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|Listening Length||19 hours and 58 minutes|
|Author||Stacy A. Cordery|
|Audible.ca Release Date||April 04 2023|
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"Princess Alice" was one of a kind.
What is perhaps most fascinating about this well-told tale is the undying animosity [jealousy?] between the two great Roosevelt houses--hers, the Republican Oyster Bay R's [her father Teddy's side of the family] and theirs, the Democratic Hyde Park R's (FDR's branch.] Franklin, whom she had dismissed early on as a light-weight charmer, hitched his wagon to the minority party and, to Alice's ceaseless displeasure, watched him and it become the majority during the Depression. For that, she never forgave the man she once labeled "the feather duster." As she had once opposed another Democrat, Wilson, and his plans for the League of Nation, so, too, did she object to almost everything Franklin and his wife did in his four terms. A non-interventionist if not a genuine isolationist before the Second World War, Alice resisted American's involvement with England. After the war, she opposed the United Nations, and countless social programs whose time had come. For a woman famous for her intelligence and her ability to size up people, a very grande dame if ever there was one, it seems odd indeed that in so a long life she was blind about so many people and things-- in the end, none so glaring as her affection for Richard Nixon.