Edith Kermit Carow grew up in New York City in the same circles as did Theodore Roosevelt. But only after TR's first wife died at age twenty-two did the childhood friends forge one of the most successful romantic and political partnerships in American history. Sylvia Jukes Morris's access to previously unpublished letters and diaries brings to full life her portrait of the Roosevelts and their times. During her years as First Lady (1901-09), Edith Kermit Roosevelt dazzled social and political Washington as hostess, confidante, and mother of six, leading her husband to remark, "Mrs. Roosevelt comes a good deal nearer my ideal than I do myself."
The other Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt
As most know Teddy Roosevelt was married twice, Alice, the mother of the Alice Roosevelt of history and Edith, the subject of this book. What I found compelling was getting a more personal idea of who Teddy Roosevelt was. With the death of Teddy in 1919, the book becomes a history of his children, their successes and their troubles.