Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, from White House Princess to Washington Power Broker

Stacy A. Cordery, Author . Viking $32.95 (608p) ISBN 978-0-670-01833-8

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)

Reviewed on: 06/18/2007
Release date: 11/01/2007
Genre: Nonfiction
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