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First Ladies: From Martha Washington to Mamie Eisenhower, An Intimate Portrait of the Women Who Shaped America

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  • Posted January 10, 2012

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    The Intriguing Lives of the First Wives!


    The First Ladies is a brief, yet intriguing portrait of the remarkable women behind our presidents, and the sacrifices they made for our beloved country - the U.S. of A. From Martha Washington to Mamie Eisenhower, Feather Schwartz Foster takes readers on an entertaining, fascinating, and humorous journey through the lives, loves, and personalities of our often overlooked Founding Mothers.


    My parents have always instilled in my siblings and I that history is important, especially the history of our family and of our great country. So when I saw The First Ladies up for review, I grabbed at the opportunity to learn more about the women of the White House. I have taken numerous classes throughout high school and college detailing U.S. government, U.S. history, and democracy, but I have honestly never taken a class where the U.S. Presidents' wives were discussed, or even considered important in our history; and I find that to be a travesty. The only two wives I remember hearing about were Martha Washington and Eleanor Roosevelt, and it was pretty much just said in passing. But now I know so much more! Feather Schwartz Foster's guide to the Founding Mothers isn't just a list of people and their details, but a chance to delve into the little-known lives of the presidents' wives: their personalities, their passions, their accomplishments, and their legacies. The writing style is succinct, yet full of fun and surprising facts; Did you know that William Taft would have never become president if his wife Nellie "forced" him to run? I didn't. Now that I know these things, I would love to read more about them - "The Old Gals". Overall, a wonderfully entertaining read that will leave the reader smiling and inspired. Recommended for everyone who wants a peak into the lives of the White House's first wives.

    Rating: On the Run (4/5)

    *** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

    An Absolute Must Have

    The First Ladies
    The First Ladies by Feather Foster Schwartz offers a brief view of the First Ladies of the Presidency of the United States from Martha Washington to Mamie Eisenhower, the last of the First Ladies born in the nineteenth century.

    The First Ladies take a brief, but fascinating look into the disposition, life and a contribution each First Lady brought to her husband's presidency. It looks at which First Ladies eagerly took up the office as well as those who were reluctant or who refused to take it up. It looks very briefly at the relationship the President had with his wife - was she a confidant, a helper or simply a good example of the average woman of her time. What did she bring to the proverbial table at the time her husband took up the office of President of the United States?

    I greatly enjoyed The First Ladies. It wasn't a book of dry historical facts but rather a glimpse into the life and personality of each woman. I found it fascinating. It was as if I stepped briefly into each woman's life and understood, to a very small degree not only what she brought to the Presidency, but also what the Presidency brought to her. Was it a joy, a challenge to rise to, or an unwanted and unwelcomed burden? The First Ladies examines women who looked at the job of wife of a President in all these ways and it makes them more accessible and understandable. I think it is a wonderful example of scholarship, without being dry or boring and would make an excellent addition to any home or library.

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  • Posted April 14, 2011

    Interesting and fun!

    Learned more then i thought i would and an easy read. Give this a try you will not regret, history buffs will rave.

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