Hannah's Reviews > Unwise Passions: A True Story of a Remarkable Woman---and the First Great Scandal of Eighteenth-Century America

Unwise Passions by Alan Pell Crawford
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Mar 12, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010-reads, historicals, non-fiction
Read in April, 2010

What a life Nancy Randolph Morris lived. Beset by scandal in 1793 at the tender age of 18, Nancy was labeled a murderess, a prostitute and a gold digger. In her thirties, after living a life of privations, she married Grosvenor Morris and had a child at age 37. Her sister, Judith and her cousin John (aka Jack) Randolph, had it in for her for decades, but she managed to survive the scandal of her youth and thrive under the love of her wonderful husband.

Excellent non-fiction story detailing the turbulant Randolph family and the second generation of America's founding fathers. TMZ and Hollywood Insider's got nothing on these 18th century scandals! wowza....
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message 1: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana You make it sound very enticing:)

Hannah Tatiana wrote: "You make it sound very enticing:)"

It was very engrossing (1 afternoon's read), but you would have to love non-fiction history to really appreciate - lol!

message 3: by kari (new)

kari This sounds like something I'd enjoy, going to add it to the Endless TBR.

Hannah kari wrote: "This sounds like something I'd enjoy, going to add it to the Endless TBR."

It's interesting, but might be a little "dry" unless you enjoy non-fiction history. The cover is somewhat misleading, as much of the book discusses John Randolph and the political situation of the US during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It was especially interesting to see how the children of the founding fathers weren't as successful as their parents. I liken it to our times with the "Greatest Generation" and the baby boomers - big differences IMO.

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