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American lady : the life of Susan Mary Alsop

Author: Caroline de Margerie
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An American aristocrat--a descendant of founding father John Jay--Susan Mary Alsop (1918-2004) knew absolutely everyone and brought together the movers and shakers of not just the United States, but the world. Henry Kissinger remarked that more agreements were concluded in her living room than in the White House. In 1945 Susan Mary joined her first husband, a young diplomat, in Paris, where she was at the center of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Susan Mary Alsop; Susan Mary Alsop; Susan Mary Alsop
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Caroline de Margerie
ISBN: 9780670025749 0670025747
OCLC Number: 777002139
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Description: xxiii, 232 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: The Jays --
On the edge of life --
Paris --
Affairs of the heart --
The age of serenity --
When shadows fall --
At the court of King Jack --
Anatomy of a marriage --
The pleasure of writing --
And night came.
Other Titles: American lady.
Responsibility: Caroline de Margerie ; introduction by Frances Fitzgerald ; translated by Christopher Murray.

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An American aristocrat--a descendant of founding father John Jay--Susan Mary Alsop (1918-2004) knew absolutely everyone and brought together the movers and shakers of not just the United States, but the world. Henry Kissinger remarked that more agreements were concluded in her living room than in the White House. In 1945 Susan Mary joined her first husband, a young diplomat, in Paris, where she was at the center of the postwar diplomatic social circuit, dining with Churchill, FDR, Garbo, and many others. Widowed in 1960, she married journalist and power broker Joe Alsop. Dubbed "the Second Lady of Camelot," Susan Mary hosted dinner parties that were the epitome of political power and social arrival. She reigned over Georgetown society for four decades; her house was the gathering place for everyone of importance, from John F. Kennedy to Katharine Graham. After divorcing Alsop, she embarked on a literary career, publishing four books before her death at 86.--From publisher description.

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