De Amerikaanse prinses by Annejet van der Zijl

De Amerikaanse prinses

Op 13 april 1927 voer Allene Tew met de Mauretania de haven van New York uit. Ze liet een leven achter zich waarin ze alles had bereikt waar ze als plattelandsmeisje van had gedroomd – aanzien, fortuin, moederschap, haar grote liefde. En ze was het ook bijna allemaal weer kwijtgeraakt. ‘De rijkste en verdrietigste weduwe van de stad’, zoals Allene door societyrubrieken werd genoemd, had die dag echter ook nog veel vóór zich, zoals een nie...

Details De Amerikaanse prinses

TitleDe Amerikaanse prinses
Release DateNov 17th, 2015
GenreNonfiction, Biography, History

Reviews De Amerikaanse prinses

  • Teri
    The title of this book would be more appropriate as "The Many Loves of Allene Tew." This book is more about the people that surrounded Allene than it is about herself. Through most of the book, Allene is a secondary character. Allene Tew was a young woman from the late 19th century who came from a pioneering family and married into a higher social status. Although her first husband was from a wealthy family, he was not highly regarded and less so...
  • Solita
    Love historically accurate books - and this one is no exception!It reads like it's a story the author created but it really happened...and I think this adds to the beauty of this book!It is a very easy, captivating and wonderful book!! The story flows so well and the author made a masterpiece!
  • Rachelle
    Rather boring read. I was relieved to discover that the last 20 percent of the Kindle book was all Author's Notes, sources, etc, because I was really tired of this book. The subject matter was certainly interesting, but the writing was so dry and devoid of life. It was little more than a recitation of facts. I never felt a connection to Allene, nor felt that she was real. She was just words on a page, and biographies are supposed to do far more t...
  • Vicki Willis
    I had never heard of this woman before, but the title peaked my interest. The book was very interesting and covered a period of time I enjoy reading about. It moved along well, but at times didn't give as many details as I would have liked. I thought I might have trouble because of the translation, but it was easy to follow. A solid read for those who like historical biographies.
  • Sally
    I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book especially since I had not heard of Allene Tew.
  • Hms
    3.5 starsOK, so this took me a LONG time to read, but I finished 75% of it in one sitting, just sayin' Because of the timeline of her life, brief histories of certain events must be included and history is not my favorite genre. I had the beginning of high society in 1880s New York, the Spanish American war, the sinking of the Titanic, the sinking of the Lusitania, the 1918 flu epidemic, WW I, stock market crash of 1929, and WW II to get through....
  • lynda moore
    Would have been a good Research PaperI never got to know Allene. Lots of history facts and lots of facts about homes she bought and sold. I'm an English major and found the sentences too long and found the structure cumbersome. It forced me to re-read to see who the sentence referred to. sorry not a memorable book for me
  • Gina
    First of all, I would like to clarify that I read this book in English and not in the edition pictured here, but I couldn't find the English edition on Goodreads.When you mention "American royalty", most of us think of the Kennedy family, especially of the 1960's when JFK and his beautiful wife Jacqueline virtually become "Camelot". Later on, their son, John Jr. would carry on the tradition of being a public figure.Truthfully, I had never heard o...
  • Lady Alexandrine
    "An American Princess. The Many Lives of Allene Tew" by Annejet van der Zijl is a beautifully written, fascinating biography of Allene Tew, who had such an adventurous life that it is hard to believe it really happened. She married five very different men, including millionaires, a prince Heinrich Reuss the Thirty-Third and a Russian count Kotzebue. She travelled a lot in her lifetime, she changed countries and continents, bought and sold houses....
  • SheLove2Read
    This is the bio of "American Princess" Allene Tew. I'm always astounded when I read about the colorful lives of the society mavens of the late 1800s/early 1900s. Allene, literally born in the back room of a blacksmith's shop, was the only daughter of the youngest (and somewhat lackluster) son of a well-to-do northern family. She went on to have five colorful marriages, became a Princess, a Countess, and the godmother to the queen of the Netherlan...
  • Siria
    Facile. This read like the kind of profile of an aristocrat you'd read in a glossy magazine—a profile which isn't perhaps openly fawning but which nonetheless derives its entire reason for existence from the presumption that wealth and titles make a person inherently interesting. Allene Tew certainly did have a life full of incident. Born the poor relation of a nouveau riche family in western New York, she went on to marry five times (twice to ...
  • Elizabeth
    So glad I read this book!!I chose this book as my Kindle First book this month when I saw that the woman whom this biography is about had married someone from Pittsburgh, which is where I live. This biography is so interesting, the woman, Allene, is an incredible person with such an unbelievable story that had it not been a biography, I would have thought it unbelievable! It also made me see my city and my country through the eyes of the past as ...
  • Dee
    Recommend this to all feminist. A story of survival.Writing a summary of this book does no justice to the author. It is by far one of the best historical/biographical books I have read. The story of a woman who lives through the Industrial Revolution, the Great Depression, two World Wars, multiple divorces, death of loved ones & the pettiness of high society. Her head held high and her dreams untethered she moves through life with joy and optimis...
  • April Cote
    I was a bit disappointed with this biography. It as more like a brief history lesson on the time period, which was enjoyable, but made me forget I was supposed to be reading about a woman and the supposed exciting life she lived. I learned more about the other people in her life and seemed to only learn a little about Allene. I know she was married several times and rich. I learned nothing about her personality or anything that helped me to under...
  • Achour
    “An American Princess, The Many Lives of Allene Tew” by Annejet van der Zijl is an interesting historical fiction novel. It is about the fascinating and remarkable life of Allene Tew who lived during the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. I enjoyed reading about Allene Tew. She was a beautiful and intelligent woman who became one of the wealthiest women in the US in this time.Along well developed chapters, we foll...
  • Waleska 'Wally'
    Noun: The Gilded Age: is defined as the time between the Civil War & World World War I during which...... the U.S. population and economy grew quickly, there was a lot of political corruption and corporate financial misdealings and many wealthy people lived very fancy lives.If you enjoy reading about American pioneers and their immigration to America; the Gilded Age, or/and the Victorian/Edwardian eras, American Princess is the book for you.A we...
  • Melissa Gastorf
    So I got this as a deal on Audible and much like a bad car accident, I couldn't stop listening. The writing is much like a thesis for a doctoral candidate, and at the end, I found at that is essentially what it was. The author is a terrible story teller. The Princess became wealthy by marrying money because she was beautiful, twice. And then married three more times. A very flat, superficial character. I would complain about wanting a refund, but...
  • Angela McVay
    This was a very well researched book, and it seemed to be more of a history lesson during her lifespan more than Allene’s personal story. I listened to this one on audio on my work commute, and I think I would have absorbed more having read it instead. Allene was married 5 times throughout the course of her life and married very wealthy men. I was bothered by how many millions of dollars that was wasted by some of her husbands and her step-son....
  • LibraryCin
    2.5 starsAllene Tew was born in 1872 and lived till the mid-1900s. In that time, she married five times, had three children (who all died fairly young – one as a toddler, the other two were adults, but young), and became incredibly rich. She became a “princess” of the title when she married her… 4th (??) husband, a prince in Germany (??). So, I think I just don’t tend to find rich people who don’t do a whole lot all that interesting. ...
  • Susan Hamilton
    This is first and foremost a biography. The woman portrayed, Allene Tew is pretty remarkable because she was determined to live, and live well. She never gave up on her dreams and when obstacles got in her way she adapted. She was a dreamer and survivor who learned to succeed despite the restrictions on women during this time. It is also a history book. Much care is given to provide a history of America from the mid-1800’s through the mid 1950...
  • Lis Carey
    Allene Tew was born in 1872 to the less successful branch of the Tew family, who had a major role in the founding and growth of Jamestown, NY. She was a slightly wild child, and a real beauty, and at eighteen she impulsively married a young man she met at a local dance. That young man was Tod Hostetter, wealthy scion of a Pittsburgh family dealing in a patent medicine that was, in fact, mostly alcohol. She made herself into a successful Pittsburg...
  • Cindy Woods
    Interesting womanThis biography of an actual American princess who lived from the latter half of the 19th century until her death in 1955 is pretty good.....not great. There was ample newspaper headline information, but lacked the personal aspect of this she felt as from personal interviews, memoirs, diaries, etc... I didn't really get a full picture of this very interesting woman. I had never heard the name before and do thank the a...
  • Thebooktrail
    Visit the locations in the novelA book about Allene Tew – the very epitome of “American royalty” even though you might think that title still belongs with the Kennedy family. That famous family of course had their own problems which are well documented, but I admit to never having heard of Allene Tew.The book and story intrigued me however as real figures from history often do, and when their stories are fictionalised, even more so. There...
  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    I have to admit that Alleen Tew truly had an incredible and very dramatic life. At certain points, I could not believe how unfortunate she was, despite being financially very fortunate. Her story could make a good costume drama with all the glamour of the turn of the century, and all of the pain of loss at failed marriages, the Spanish flu and World War I. To think that a simple girl from America could live such a colorful life, get married to al...
  • Ann
    Allene Tew lived during a time of rapid industrial growth and her personal experiences seemed to reflect the instability of the early 1900s, especially her choice of spouse(s). She certainly lived an extravagant life and was well travelled. By the time I reached the end of the book it seemed her life had been portrayed on a superficial level, with much historical information taken from society columns and newspapers. The reader is presented with ...
  • Elaine
    In this time of extraordinary women, it is interesting to read about someone who is largely famous for whom she married, and whom she divorced, which Allene Tew did more than a few times. We can't say that over the course of her life she became smarter about men, but she seemed to become smarter about how to make sure that her money is protected. Overall, this was a pleasant read that I would not have sought out, showing that sometimes a book run...
  • Debby
    This was a first time listen by this author. Although a biography, I was interested in the caption title. However, rather than the many lives of Allene Tew, she had quite a bit of loves in her life. Very nice non-fiction story.3-Stars
  • Erin
    Allene Tew was fascinating and was someone I had never heard of. Her story was so full, so touched by everything that happened in the first half of the 20th century. I loved this book and would recommend it wholeheartedly.
  • Rebecca
    An intriguing story about an interesting woman that lived thru an amazing amount of history, loss, recovery, more loss and just kept going. Really enjoyed learning about Allene and her life story.