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

Written by Kate Andersen Brower

Narrated by Karen White

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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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.

LanguageEnglish
PublisherHarperAudio
Release dateApr 12, 2016
ISBN9780062456809
First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies
Author

Kate Andersen Brower

Kate Andersen Brower is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Residence, First Women—also a New York Times bestseller—and First in Line. She is a CNN contributor who covered the Obama White House for Bloomberg News and is a former CBS News staffer and Fox News producer. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and the Washington Post. She lives outside Washington, D.C., with her husband and their three young children.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    This book provided such a great look into the lives of some of the modern first ladies. I found it extremely entertaining and informative. I do have to point out that since there's little access to Michelle Obama that some of the anonymous informants could be a little biased perhaps since most of the information gathered on her seems like it was more negative than anything else. Overall I enjoyed the read.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    I was interested from the start and stayed engrossed the whole book. This was a surprisingly quick read.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    I'm not finishing this. I'm well over the '50 pages', and I'm fed up with the bad grammar and the lack of any perceptible organization of the matter. Plus, I find I'm just not really interested. Maybe if the author had concentrated on one woman at a time, but it feels like random gossip columns.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    A really fascinating look at what it means to be the first lady to the president of the United States. The relationships between these women is very interesting. It was a sneak peek into who they really were (or are) as people. I could not put this down. It is very well written.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Great read and so interesting. I did have a hard time because it was linear and followed topics ( motherhood ect it was linear within each topic though) so it felt like a lot of back and forth and there so much historical information, but I found the stories and the women fascinating.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    This book covers the 10 first ladies before Trump. As it happens, I am old enough to remember each in her time in the White House. I learned lots of interesting stuff about each of them.