They were born in the same year and neighborhood, shared the same friends, lived in the same houses (including the White one), married the same types of men. They were arguably the most famous women in the country, if not the world, for extended periods of their lives, important enough to command audiences with presidents and kings. They were writers and lecturers, terrible mothers but beloved grandmothers. Above all, they were politicians.
Despite many commonalities, Eleanor and Alice were very different Roosevelts: one Democrat, one Republican; one quiet, one rowdy; one a champion of good causes, one a champion of caustic wit. Hissing Cousins delves into all the fascinating details of the lives of - and relationship between - Eleanor and Alice. A compelling and entertaining saga! (CH)