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

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

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    A very good biography

    I remember seeing this book released over a year ago and at that time it did generate some thought on my part. The thought being, perhaps one day I might browse this book to see what it was like. I read a great deal of non-fiction, including biographies, history and political science. What prompted me to read this book was that I had just finished reading David McCullough's Mornings on Horseback. After finishing that fine gem, I realized that I should read Alice. I am glad that I did. The author did a thorough job in her research and has compiled it in an enjoyable and thought provoking way.

    Alice Roosevelt lived a remarkable life, spanning 96 years. And what a 96 years they were. The writer captures the spunk, wisdom, intelligence and tenacity of someone, who in her younger years was a true princess. The author also presents, in detail, that side of Alice Roosevelt that dealt with those things that were not discussed or not even permitted in her time; items such as a women's rights, a love-less marriage, marital affairs and the untimely death of children. The author also sets the era (late 1800s and early 1900s) with a very discerning eye so that the reader is able to appreciate the setting of this book. She provides significant detail on the entire Roosevelt clan/dynasty that intrigues the reader.

    Alice Roosevelt was a true political junkie that earned the respect and admiration of many Washington power players. If Alice Roosevelt was a man, she would have been elected to public office for sure. A very good read and one that I would recommend.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2007

    A powerful women!

    Very much enjoyed the book. Fiction can not compete with true stories like this. It has a little bit of everything. Well done.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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