American Queen - the rise and fall of kate chase sprague--civil war ""belle of the north"" and gilded age woman of scandal
Kort om boken
Om American Queen
Had People magazine been around during the Civil War and after, Kate Chase would have made its Most Beautiful" and Most Intriguing" lists every year. Kate Chase, the charismatic daughter of Abraham Lincoln's treasury secretary, enjoyed unprecedented political power for a woman. As her widowed father's hostess, she set up a rival court" against Mary Lincoln in hopes of making her father president and herself his First Lady. To facilitate that goal, she married one of the richest men in the country, the handsome boy governor" of Rhode Island, in the social event of the Civil War. But when William Sprague turned out to be less of a prince as a husband, she found comfort in the arms of a powerful married senator. The ensuing scandal ended her virtual royalty, leaving her a social outcast who died in poverty. Yet in her final years she would find both greater authenticity and the inner peace that had always eluded her. Set against the seductive allure of the Civil War and Gilded Age, Kate Chase Sprague's dramatic story is one of ambition and tragedy involving some of the most famous personalities in American history. In this beautifully written and meticulously researched biography, drawing on much unpublished material, John Oller captures the tumultuous and passionate life of a woman who was a century ahead of her time.Library Journal starred review, 10/15/14 Well written, fast paced, and with a compelling attention to detail, this work should be a fascinating read for Civil War buffs, fans of Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals (in which Salmon Chase is a main character), and Jennifer Chiaverini's Mrs. Lincoln's Rival." Publishers Weekly, 10/1/14 Oller details Sprague's fascinating life, introducing readers to an inspiring woman in spite of her faults: haughtiness; personal, rather than ideological, p... Portland Book Review, 1/16/15 Oller, who has worked closely with Sprague's granddaughter, attempts to dispel the typical opinions that her life was tragic by instead focusing on her strength of spirit and accomplishments for a woman of that era." Civil War Book Review, Winter 2015 Kate Chase was an interesting woman in an age when women were not supposed to be interesting Oller has created an immensely readable book." San Francisco Book Review, 2/25 A ripped-from-the-headlines romp through... A fascinating portrait of a strong, accomplished, and resilient woman, who was ahead of her timeand happens to be my great-great grandmother!"Kris Carr, New York Times bestselling author and motivational speaker The story of Kate Chase literally jumps off the page in John Oller's brilliant evocation of her tumultuous life. She is the Northern Scarlett O'Hara, whose political and social ambitionsand machinations worthy of Machiavelliultimately consume her. Oller's skilled and even-handed... Minneapolis Star Tribune, 12/28/14 [Kate Chase Sprague] is a fit subject for a biography because of her commanding presence in an era when women were not expected to have any say in public affairs Oller commands his sources in a riveting narrative that is all the more persuasive because he does not make large claims for his subject. It is enough, he realizes, for a biography to portray and assess a remarkable human beingone who struggled with and overcame many of the confining conventions o... Advance praise for American Queen Beautiful, brilliant, and wildly ambitious, Kate Chase was a master of political intrigue and behind-the-scenes power in an era when women were told to be seen and not heard. A terrific work of historical research and reconstruction, American Queen follows her fascinating but forgotten life to tell the story of the Civil War and its scandalous aftermathits assassinations, impeachments, and sexual hijinksfrom an entirely fresh perspective."Debby Applegate,...