The lives of Quentin and Flora intersect at the dawn of the Great War in Europe after each has grown up in the public spotlight, he in the White House and she in the storied mansions of New York and Newport. His childhood preciousness charms the nation and parallels her envelopment in her parents’ worlds of high art, luxury yachts and philanthropy.
Quentin and Flora reach beyond their families’ orbits to begin a searching adolescent companionship that evolves inexorably into a fairy tale romance, tortured by the uncertainty of war and a vast and dangerous ocean.
Through their actual letters, deeply unexplored for a hundred years, we share their youthful desires and dreams, and see them thwarted by the agony of separation and high-level political intrigue. We learn of their last night together on her father’s yacht and their hush-hush engagement.
Quentin sails to France with a determination to prove his stuff in aerial combat with the Kaiser’s air force, only to be foiled for months by military indecisiveness and ironically, his own exceptional competence. When an unexpected chance to fly comes, Quentin’s choice opens a deep schism among the Roosevelts that bitterly pits father against sons. Is Quentin a victim or a slacker?
Chip Bishop is an accomplished writer and speaker whose new book, Quentin & Flora – A Roosevelt and a Vanderbilt in Love during the Great War – is winning wide acclaim.
His debut book, The Lion and the Journalist – The Unlikely Friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and Joseph Bucklin Bishop, was a New York Times best-seller in March 2014 as an e-book. It has been hailed by historians, reviewers, and readers alike.
Chip grew up in Woonsocket, R.I. and was graduated from Boston University. His lifetime of achievements includes time as a campaign and administration aide to President Jimmy Carter, Capitol Hill lobbyist, business entrepreneur, local elected official, and disc-jockey during the fabled 1960s British Invasion.
Chip is a member of the board of directors of the Biographers International Organization, a member of the Theodore Roosevelt Association and the executive committee of its New England chapter.
He serves his community as an elected member of the board of trustees of the Mashpee Massachusetts Public Library. He loves doo-wop music, old German stamps and the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox.
Chip lives on Cape Cod with his wife and business partner, Jane Nichols Bishop, and Benjamin and Sabrina, their two black, rescue cats.
He is the great-grandnephew of Joseph Bucklin Bishop, Theodore Roosevelt’s authorized biographer, who was profiled in his first book.
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Published by Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press
This is a richly drawn portrait of the exceptional lives to two great men. More than that, it’s a remarkable tale of power, politics and presidential courage woven through the little-known but vital friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and his friend and biographer, newspaperman Joseph Bucklin Bishop.
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