Dangerous Ambition: Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson: New Women in Search of Love and Power

Dangerous Ambition: Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson: New Women in Search of Love and Power

Born in the 1890s on opposite sides of the Atlantic, friends for more than forty years, Dorothy Thompson and Rebecca West lived strikingly parallel lives that placed them at the center of the social and historical upheavals of the twentieth century. In Dangerous Ambition, Susan Hertog chronicles the separate but intertwined journeys of these two remarkable women writers, w Born in the 1890s on opposite sides of the Atlantic, friends for more than forty years, Dorothy Thompson and Rebecca West...

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Title:Dangerous Ambition: Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson: New Women in Search of Love and Power
Author:Susan Hertog
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0345459865
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:512 pages pages

Dangerous Ambition: Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson: New Women in Search of Love and Power Reviews

  • Mary
    Oct 31, 2011
    I really wanted to love this book, the subjects were compelling and interesting. I think they will always be Dorothy and Rebecca to me, two women who sacrificed ease of life to be great. Both are terribly flawed and terribly amazing and will probably be intertwined forever for me becau...
  • Kate Lawrence
    Jan 18, 2012
    West and Thompson were internationally known and respected writers in the mid-20th century whose lives were similar, in that both dared to step outside the conventional roles for women at the time. Thompson was the first female head of a European news bureau and a political commentator...
  • JoLynn
    Sep 29, 2011
    I won this book through the Goodreads Fist Reads Program. This book asks the question - Can one have everything? Everything being a satisfying career, fame, and a loving well-adjusted family? Well, the short answer for Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson, two towering figures of the l...
  • Tracy Towley
    Sep 30, 2011
    I won Dangerous Ambition through the Goodreads First Read program, and overall I'm glad I did. This was a fascinating and extensively researched biography of two very intriguing women. I didn't know much about either Rebecca West or Dorothy Thompson, but I do believe that this b...
  • Linda
    Jan 27, 2012
    Not my favorite book. I found it tedious and way too long. It does capture the trials and tribulations of women struggling for power and a voice in that era, but it did not really spark my interest and imagination. ...
  • Peg
    Aug 15, 2014
    Dorothy Thompson, an American and Rebecca West, English, are the subjects of this well researched dual biography. These two women were long time friends, prolific writers leading lives of influence, as well as heartache. Dorothy was married to novelist Sinclair Lewis and Rebecca was th...
  • Carolyn
    Sep 19, 2011
    Received this dual biography as a 'first read'. Well done. Hertog has extensively researched the lives of these two adventurous women, and the times in which they lived: 1900-1960. Inspiring to any readers with an interest in 20th century western history, literature, and women's strugg...
  • Noemi Proietti
    Apr 12, 2014
    Excellent book. It perfectly depicts a friendship that lasted for more than 40 years across two continents, between two great women who shared the same beliefs, who went through similar experiences and were regarded as powerful voices of their time. I loved this book!!!! ...
  • April
    Nov 25, 2011
    DANGEROUS AMBITION by Susan Hertog is an interesting dual biography of Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson. It spans from 1892 to 1964.Starting with the birth of Rebecca West(Cicely Fairfield) in 1892,Dorothy Thompson born in 1893 through their deaths,. Dorothy Thompson dies in 1961 at t...
  • Jenny Brown
    Aug 04, 2012
    This is one of those biographies that leaves you quivering with contempt for its subjects. Though this group biography is obviously the product of much labor and research, the author can't get out of her own way and mars her narration by continually telling us what we are supposed ...
  • Anna
    Sep 30, 2011
    I won this as a goodreads giveaway. I started it a few weeks ago, set it aside and found I have not been compelled to pick it back up. While these are 2 fascinating women far ahead of the times, I found I was not being drawn into the history of their lives or their personal experiences...
  • False
    Apr 05, 2018
    A study of two women, mutual friends, and their time and place in American and British history. The struggles in finding love, supporting family and seeking fame and creative satisfaction in their work. In the end, the author has to admit, this continues to be a struggle for all women ...
  • Katie
    Jan 19, 2016
    A very interesting book, but I think it spent too much time on their romantic entanglements and not enough on their careers, their lives and times, or on their friendship with each other, which drifts in and out of the book sort of erratically. ...
  • Dimity
    Nov 09, 2011
    I won this biography from First Reads and was really jazzed that I did because biographies and memoirs about/by interesting women are a favorite of mine. I have to admit that although I?d heard of both subjects, I really didn?t know anything about either woman. Susan Hertog relates...
  • Lesley
    May 01, 2013
    Okay, I might learn something new about Dorothy Thompson if I persisted with this book, in spite of the author's annoying narrative style and somewhat scattershot approach to the correct word (surely aspirant journos write 'on spec' not 'on space') but it's not giving me anything fresh...
  • Asma
    Sep 13, 2011
    it was a kind of long book. i did not enjoy it that much. the events get sometimes very confusing because there was so many flash backs and events inside events. the strange thing is that i was thinking that Rebecca and Dorothy were close friends but suprisenly they weren't this left ...
  • Irina
    Jan 05, 2012
    This is an exceptional book. It is well researched, very informative about not only the lives of Dorothy Thompson and Rebecca West, but also of the times. Ms. Hertog did an excellent job covering numerous aspects of both subjects' careers and various nuances of their complex personal r...
  • Valorie Hallinan
    Apr 24, 2012
    I liked the book. However, the author's thinking was in some respects black and white regarding the motivations and personalities of Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson, especially in terms of how their marriages and romantic attachments (choices and outcomes) were affected by difficult ...
  • Jen's Book Den
    Jan 20, 2012
    Dangerous Ambition: Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson, New Women in Search of Love and Power by Susan Hertog is an exhaustive biography and account of the lives of these two women, who were also friends with lives that often times paralleled each other. I did not know much about Wes...
  • Lonni
    Mar 15, 2017
    If it were fiction, I would label this a dystopian novel, but it is biography. I chose this as a beginning to Women's History Month b/c it was about two women of whom I knew little. Two brilliant women, who were friends, sort of, and whose lives were parallel in many ways. Rebecca West...
  • Carol
    Oct 04, 2014
    Reading this book was a strange experience. I found a reference to Dorothy Thompson in my reading: the first woman to hold down a foreign news desk in the 1930s; a tremendously popular journalist, who, at the height of her fame, had a widely popular column and a radio program. I wan...
  • Sylvia
    Feb 14, 2014
    I plodded through 3/4 of this book, but simple couldn't finish it. It seems that these two women (and I kept confusing them, never remembering who was who and who was married to whom, etc.) kept repeating their lives. Maybe we all do, but mine is a bit more interesting...at least to me...
  • Natalie
    Sep 12, 2014
    This was interesting, but very long. I read it on my kindle, so I didn't realize just how long it was in the beginning. It seems to me it could have been condensed a bit, but it was a very interesting glimpse into that time in history and society. ...
  • Lois
    May 18, 2018
    In her unassuming introduction to this biography of two noted women writers who were both born in the late Victorian era, Susan Hertog expresses the temerity that she felt in assuming to dare attempt to portray the similarities and differences between two outstanding women of their day...
  • Jaylia3
    Oct 31, 2011
    A dual biography was an inspired but not completely successful choice for this book on Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson, two talented, fascinating and flawed women who lived and wrote in the early and middle part of the last century. For one thing, British Rebecca and American Dorothy...
  • Tina Lee
    Aug 06, 2013
    I very much like both of these women so it made a combined comparative bio appealing. I don't necessarily buy the thesis, but the lives of these fascinating ladies make up for any "lessons" the book might want to teach you. ...
  • Margie Cady
    Nov 19, 2014
    Mostly disappointed 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 lived. Instead, there was way too much personal drama, portraying these authors as ...
  • Selena
    Aug 15, 2015
    Dangerous Ambition, a dual biography written by Susan Hertog, examines the inner lives of Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson as they rise to world-wide fame. Though these women are to be held responsible for their behaviors and actions, Hertog explains that they should still have a cha...
  • Richard Jespers
    Nov 02, 2014
    Both West and Thompson were born in the early 1890s, same as my grandmothers, but neither one of my grandmothers lived even a tenth of the excitement that these women did. Yet my grandmothers had something that perhaps these two women didn?t: men who loved them and stayed with them a...
  • Val
    Oct 30, 2018
    As noted by other readers, the split subject viewpoint is difficult to navigate because Hertog does not employ strong cues that you are entering a different subject. She simply changes chapters. It's jarring; you don't realize she's jumped to another subject until you've taken a dive i...