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First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Kate Andersen Brower

Narrated By: Karen White

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: April 2016

Duration: 12 hours 25 minutes

Summary:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the groundbreaking backstairs look at the White House, The Residence, comes an intimate, news-making look at the true modern power brokers at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: the First Ladies, from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama.

One of the most underestimated-and challenging-positions in the world, the First Lady of the United States must be many things: an inspiring leader with a forward-thinking agenda of her own; a savvy politician, skilled at navigating the treacherous rapids of Washington; a wife and mother operating under constant scrutiny; and an able CEO responsible for the smooth operation of countless services and special events at the White House. Now, as she did in her smash #1 bestseller The Residence, former White House correspondent Kate Andersen Brower draws on a wide array of untapped, candid sources-from residence staff and social secretaries to friends and political advisers-to tell the stories of the ten remarkable women who have defined that role since 1960.

Brower offers new insights into this privileged group of remarkable women, including Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Patricia Nixon, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama. The stories she shares range from the heartwarming to the shocking and tragic, exploring everything from the first ladies' political crusades to their rivalries with Washington figures; from their friendships with other first ladies to their public and private relationships with their husbands. She also offers a detailed and insightful new portrait of one of the most-watched first ladies of all time, Hillary Clinton, asking what her tumultuous years in the White House may tell us about her own historic presidential run . . . and what life could be like with the nation's first First Husband.

Candid and illuminating, this first group biography of the modern first ladies provides a revealing look at life upstairs and downstairs at the world's most powerful address.

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  • jody k

    Engaging at times, if repetitive. Narration was very robotic. Also, hasn't it been well established that JFK, Jr. was not actually referred to as John-John by his family?

  • Alan Wells

    An interesting description about the character and role of recent First Ladies. What comes through strongly is that, with no defined role description, each First Lady has had to work how a role for themselves. Jackie Kennedy is perhaps the most well known and clearly the assassination of her husband dominates. Other First Ladies are less well known and emerge rather than I expected with the exception of Nancy Reagan. It's a touch long but keeps you attention.

  • Karen Jacobson

    Fascinating listening to the history and interaction of the modern First Ladies with each other, their husbands, their staff and the public. I enjoyed it and learned a lot that I had not heard before.

  • Yolanda Holly

    Excellent reading. Very informative and entertaining . There is so much to be admired about the First Ladies. It's another world that most of us can only read about. Good manners go a long way. I'm reading the book again. And recommending it to my friends. Yolanda Holly