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Alice Hardcover – Oct. 23 2007

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The fiercely intelligent eldest daughter of President Teddy Roosevelt (1884–1981) was rebellious and outspoken partly as the result of her desperation to gain the attention of an emotionally distant father, according to historian Cordery. Utilizing Alice's personal papers, Cordery describes how she was more devastated by the political infidelity of her husband, House speaker Nicholas Longworth, during the 1912 presidential election (he sided with Taft over TR) than by his sexual dalliances. Her own affair with powerful Idaho Sen. William Borah resulted in the birth of her only child, Paulina. When her beloved father died in 1919, the stoic Alice simply omitted it completely from her autobiography, and she was a poor mother to Paulina, who died in 1957, at 32, from an overdose of prescription medicines mixed with alcohol. Alice's independence of mind often led her against the grain: she worked to defeat Wilson's League of Nations and was a WWII isolationist and America First activist. Her witty syndicated newspaper columns criticized FDR and the New Deal, and she betrayed her cousin Eleanor by encouraging FDR's liaison with Lucy Mercer Rutherford. Cordery (Theodore Roosevelt: In the Vanguard of the Modern) pens an authoritative, intriguing portrait of a first daughter who broke the mold. Photos. (Oct. 22)
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*Starred Review* Our royalty is our presidential families, and the eldest daughter of Theodore Roosevelt was even referred to in the press of the time as Princess Alice. "Larger than life" is a clichéd description, but Alice Roosevelt Longworth was qualified to wear it. This absorbing, magnificently complete biography, the first to be based on Alice's own papers, presents her as the first female celebrity of the twentieth century. What that meant in terms of how she viewed herself and how she was viewed by her famous father and an adoring public is explored in Cordery's impressively astute psychological understanding of this quite complex personality. Alice's mother died giving birth to her, her father was famously distant, and her stepmother, First Lady Edith, hadn't a clue about how to handle an intelligent, willful—and world-famous—stepdaughter who seemed bent on acting in the most dramatic fashion. Alice's tumultuous marriage to Speaker of the House Nicholas Longworth is sensitively appraised, and the true father of Alice's one child is identified. Always the political animal, Alice remained a force in Washington, D.C., politics as well as society throughout her long life, a life she plotted for herself unbound by tradition. Hooper, Brad"

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Viking USA (Oct. 23 2007)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 608 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0670018333
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0670018338
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 1.04 kg
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.21 x 4.6 x 24.28 cm
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Stacy Cordery is a biographer and professor of History at Iowa State University. She is currently under contract with Viking/Penguin for a biography of the rags-to-riches, innovative American beauty entrepreneur Elizabeth Arden.

Stacy's most recent book, _Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts_, earned praise from the Chicago Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Kirkus, and Publisher's Weekly, among others. Her third book, _Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, from White House Princess to Washington Power Broker_, was a New York Times notable non-fiction book and widely extolled for its depth of research and engaging prose. She is a popular speaker and has appeared on venues such as NPR, CNN, C-SPAN, the Diane Rehm Show, and the Smithsonian Channel. For more, please see or follow her on facebook: Stacy Cordery, Author.

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