By Marc Peyser
When Theodore Roosevelt grew to become president in 1901, his attractive and flamboyant daughter used to be remodeled into "Princess Alice," arguably the century's first international big name. Thirty-two years later, her first cousin Eleanor moved into the White condo as First girl. Born 8 months and twenty blocks except one another in big apple urban, Eleanor and Alice spent a wide a part of their childhoods jointly and have been way more alike than such a lot historians recognize.
But their politics and temperaments could not were extra certain. Do-gooder Eleanor used to be dedicated to social justice yet hated the limelight; acid-tongued Alice, who turned the spouse of philandering Republican congressman Nicholas Longworth, used to be an opponent of huge govt who won notoriety for her slicing feedback (she famously quipped that dour President Coolidge “looked like he was once weaned on a pickle”). whereas Eleanor revolutionized the function of First girl together with her outspoken ardour for human rights, Alice made the main of her insider connections to steer politics, together with doing as a lot to defeat the League of countries as a person in optionally available office.
The cousins themselves loved to play up their oil-and-water dating. “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 might be thicker than water, but if the relatives company is politics, profitable trumps everything.
Vivid, intimate, and stylishly written, Hissing Cousins eventually units this courting middle degree, revealing the contentious bond among political trailblazers who short-circuited the principles of gender and tool, every one in her personal way.
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