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Advance praise for Dangerous Ambition
“With grace and insight, Susan Hertog has written a masterly dual biography of two of the most formidable women of their age. This is a deeply researched, carefully wrought book, at once illuminating and entertaining, and it brings Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson back to vivid life. As readers, we owe Hertog a great debt.”—Jon Meacham, author of American Lion
“Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson were brave, driven, ferociously intelligent, and magnificently right about the thing that mattered more than anything else in their era: the Nazi threat. In this well-researched, fluent, and groundbreaking work, Susan Hertog successfully connects their personal and professional lives, drawing profound moral conclusions from the friendship between these two ambitious, high-achieving, and admirable women.”—Andrew Roberts, author of The Storm of War
“Susan Hertog brilliantly captures these two women as they lived, loved, and marshaled their power to fight for Western civilization in the hour of its greatest challenge. We know what Dorothy Thompson and Rebecca West did; Hertog shows us how they did it.”—Amity Shlaes, author of The Forgotten Man
“They were literary icons—among the most admired writers of their day. At a time when most women were made to choose between the two, Britain’s Rebecca West and America’s Dorothy Thompson never managed to reconcile professional success with personal fulfillment. It’s all unveiled here in Susan Hertog’s deft and perceptive portrait of their accomplished but messy lives—riveting tales of triumph and tragedy. This is an illuminating, sobering read.”—Ellen Chesler, author of Woman of Valor
“Meticulously researched, interpretively daring, and beautifully written, Dangerous Ambition interweaves the stories of two remarkably talented women writers (and their sons and lovers) as they stumble and dance their way through the terrible twentieth century, struggling with their conflicting roles as wives and mothers, witnesses and chroniclers of a world gone mad.”—David Nasaw, author of Andrew Carnegie
“I very much enjoyed this worthy look at two big lives, these fascinating women of the twentieth century: both intellectuals, both serious writers, both passionately engaged in the great issues of their day, and both functioning, in different ways, as true leaders. This is a great story, and Susan Hertog tells it with verve and spirit.”—Peggy Noonan, author of Patriotic Grace
So when this book came to my attention I made it my job to read it and fill in the void surrounding these two.
I highly recommend this book for anyone with an avid interest in history as well as for book groups for fascinating potential for discussion.
While her style is often quirky, Hertog's concept is appealing, but the structure does not do justice to the concept.
While their were fascinating portions of this book, I had to force myself to finish it. There weren't enough links between Rebecca, Dorothy, and the historical times in which they... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Margie Cady
Very well researched biographies of two important women and their interactions with some important men. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Ichabod
Interesting interweaving of the lives of two brilliant women set against the cultural background of their times.Published 8 days ago by Bountiful Reader
Somewhat cumbersome story of intriguing writers who shared the world stage for a considerable time. Often disjointed, I think separate volumes would have worked better in digging... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Arletta Dawdy
One of the most interesting biographies I have read in years. The juxtapositioning of the lives of these two women & their men is fascinating as is the picture of the world during... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ruthanne Taylor
I appreciated reading about the women who made it possible for all women to enter business, writing and reporting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jus.joan
I really struggled with this book. The book switches back and forth between the two women, neither of whom I admired, so often that at times I was confused as to who the author... Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. Weldy