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From Jacqueline Kennedy's plan to begin an arts and humanities department to Lady Bird Johnson's impact on the environment; from ...
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From Jacqueline Kennedy's plan to begin an arts and humanities department to Lady Bird Johnson's impact on the environment; from Pat Nixon's diplomatic mission to Africa and South America to Betty Ford's controversial feminist views; from Rosalyn Carter's agenda of social welfare legislation to Nancy Reagan's media savvy and Barbara Bush's literacy programs, First Ladies shows how seven women heightened awareness and lowered resistance to change, how they often became victims of unvalidated speculation and national tragedy. Their considerable power as unelected presidential advisers was generally underestimated. Now, in First Ladies, the balance of power is authoritatively weighed.
This second volume of a definitive two-volume history examines a unique role and its evolution. Here is the story of the enigma and anachronism known as the first lady and an estimation of her astonishing influence. It covers the private scandals and public fervor that seven women endured during their terms of service. 50 photographs.