At the height of their fame, Joseph and Stewart Alsop were household names. Syndicated columnists who reached 25 million readers at a time, they dined with the power brokers in Cold War Washington, from Presidents to spies, all the while cranking out columns, investigative stories, books, speeches and hundreds of letters. In Washington, information is power, and in those days, reporters and sources passed stories back and forth over cocktails and around the dinner table. Nobody noticed the children listening at the top of the stairs.
An award-winning fiction writer, Stewart’s only daughter, Elizabeth, finally turns her attention to the “two fathers” of her childhood recently portrayed in the play THE COLUMNIST, by David Auburn. In this memoir piece, Elizabeth sheds a unique light on the personalities behind these two powerful men, who not only recorded but influenced American history in the 1950s and ‘60s.
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“…. a painfully honest but evenhanded look back at two brothers who together made a more-or-less adequate father. Beautifully done. I found myself lingering over the photos, looking for certain lines, not quite wanting to leave.” –Jennet Conant, author of THE IRREGULARS
“Vivid writing about a family engaged in national politics with its own complicated internal politics. Like most of us, when she was a child the author was in the middle of forces she wasn’t yet prepared to understand. The mixture of compassion and irony is potent.”
–Jeffrey Sweet, playwright, author of THE VALUE OF NAMES, COURT MARTIAL AT FORT DEVENS and many other award-winning plays