CHARGE (What was the author trying to say?): To give insight into the life of Alice Roosevelt Longworth, the daughter of Teddy Roosevelt.
FACTS: Alice Roosevelt was born to Theodore Rooselvet and his wife, Alice Lee Roosevelt, who died two days later. The death of Alice Lee affected Theodore’s relationship with Alice and she spent most of her life trying to win his affection. Enter an older debonair congressman who promises to free her from the control of her father and step-mother. The book is an inside glimpse into a fascinating life that spanned 96 years, marked by a rapidly changing America. I learned so much about Alice and her family. I can remember her as an old lady. She was witty and irreverent. She is often credited with saying, “If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody come sit next to me.” It is a fascinating read that I couldn’t put down.
VERDICT (Was the author successful?): Guilty, as charged.