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Princess Alice: The Life and Times of Alice Roosevelt Longworth

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Known as the "other Washington monument, " Alice Roosevelt Longworth knew personally every president from Benjamin Harrison to Jimmy Carter, and for over 70 years reigned as Washington's grandest grande dame. Here is both the delightful and the dark sides of her life.
Paperback, 340 pages
Published December 31st 2003 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published March 9th 1988)
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Shawn Thrasher
A poisonous, unpleasant woman emerges from Carol Felsenthal's well researched but gossipy biography; Felsenthal provides ample reasons why Alice Roosevelt was a bad daughter, wife and mother - dead mother, distant father, Cinderella's stepmother of a stepmother, alcoholic husband, alcoholic daughter, alcoholic son-in-law. But she still comes across as something of a hag. Alice Roosevelt the caricature was all about fun, and wicked quips, and flasks of illegal moonshine, and big feathered hats. T ...more
Hugh Centerville
Go ask Alice, I Think She Knows (Everybody)

Note to the reader: This review contains spoilers, if a review of a biography can have spoilers. The book is out of print, you can’t buy it on Amazon and can probably only get it at a used-bookstore or your local library so I feel as if it’s safe to recount a lot of what’s in the book. You’re probably not ever going to read it.

Long before the Kardashians or before twitters and tweets, or even before radio and television, America had its sweetheart, a p
She had a pillow made for her living room that said, "If you have nothing nice to say, sit next to me". I read this in a news article and that was enough for me to want to get to know her better. This fiercely private but very public woman knew all, saw all, and influenced Washington politics in a way no woman has since. Behind her savvy and acerbic wit you find a girl who misses her mother who died at birth and trying to get the attention of a father too focused on his career to give her notice ...more
I really loved reading about the personal and family aspects of her life. She was completely fascinating, especially when she was older. The book discussed a few too many somewhat trivial political figures and politics for me though.
The TR quote should say it in a nutshell: "I can be president or I can control Alice. I cannot do both."
Heather Ivy
not a very likable woman in text, but she definitely must have been fun in person!
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