AMBASSADOR EXTRAORDINARY by Alden Hatch

AMBASSADOR EXTRAORDINARY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Hatch's treatments of the Eisenhowers, Wilson, Roosevelt, Willkie, Glenn Curtiss, will have made his readers familiar with the way in which he deals with Clare Boothe Luce, ambassador extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to the Republic of Italy,- and her progress to that office. Her early years when her mother lived cheaply so that Clare could go to good schools; the trip to Europe when the Nun's part in The Miracle was hers and Mrs. Belmont took her in hand -- and both were passed up for marriage to George Brokaw; the society era which ended in divorce; the Magazine period, Vogue, Vanity Fair, and the growing association with politics, the literary world and the theater, when The Women, reviewers to the contrary, was a hit that followed abysmal failure. And then marriage to Harry Luce with all its chances for further politics, war work and reporting, and the high reaches of the party ladder -- all this marred by her daughter's death which in turn brought her to peace in the Catholic Church. Finally, as ambassador, the unpopularity turning to acceptance and praise with her intense application and ardent absorption in her job. An all out report card that has high marks for beauty, brains and deepening personality, this has the popular touch.

Publisher: Holt