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From Barnes & NoblePhyllis Lee Levin presents an eye-opening portrait of a first lady who may have had immense influence on her husband's administration.
President Woodrow Wilson's first wife, Ellen, passed away just before WWI broke out in 1914, leading to his eventual marriage to Edith Bolling Galt. As soon as the marriage was final, Edith Wilson set out to destroy her husband's relationships with his most trusted advisers. When Wilson suffered a devastating stroke in 1919, there were 18 months remaining in his term. Drawing on previously undisclosed documents -- including many medical reports and White House memos -- the author makes the case that Edith Wilson essentially ran the country during that time period.