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My Dear President: Letters Between Presidents and Their Wives [NOOK Book]

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"I am very madly in love with you," wrote Lyndon Johnson to his future wife, Bird Taylor. James Madison sent off this plaintive line to his wife Dolley: "Every thing around and within reminds me that you are absent." In this inspiring collection of correspondence between U.S. presidents and their wives are hundreds of unguarded moments of affection, strain, grief, and triumph, revealing as never before the private thoughts and working partnerships of our most public figures. Culled from the holdings of the Library of Congress and various
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My Dear President: Letters Between Presidents and Their Wives

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Overview

"I am very madly in love with you," wrote Lyndon Johnson to his future wife, Bird Taylor. James Madison sent off this plaintive line to his wife Dolley: "Every thing around and within reminds me that you are absent." In this inspiring collection of correspondence between U.S. presidents and their wives are hundreds of unguarded moments of affection, strain, grief, and triumph, revealing as never before the private thoughts and working partnerships of our most public figures. Culled from the holdings of the Library of Congress and various presidential libraries and private collections, it is the most comprehensive compilation of its kind ever put together. More than half of the letters included here have never before been published, making this a historic as well as a heartfelt volume that casts a warm, new light on our leaders at their most open-hearted and vulnerable.

Gerard Gawalt, a curator of presidential papers at the Library of Congress for the past thirty years, has divided the book thematically into such topics as love, war, politics, travel, and sorrow. Each letter appears in its entirety, with the original spelling and grammar intact, and is set in historic context for a full sense of the moment that formed its backdrop. In most cases, exchanges are included, forming an enlightening dialogue between husband and wife. Throughout, historic photographs and artwork from the Library of Congress's collection enhance the text. Like its companion volume, First Daughters, My Dear President is bound to become a cherished gift for all those interested in American history for years to come.
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Editorial Reviews

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In the more than 200 years since the first U.S. president was sworn in, nearly all of the men to hold that office have been married. Only one, James Buchanan, never married. The 200+ letters in this new volume reveal, with warmth and candor, the closeness of the relationships between the Commanders in Chief[OU1] and their wives. Details of the daily lives and inner thoughts of these intriguing couples are interspersed with discussions about national welfare, war, children, health, international affairs, education, and household affairs. Readers are privy to letters from courtship through marriage and from the campaign trail through the White House. Gerard W. Gawalt has done a yeoman's job of compiling, editing, and grouping correspondence from the Library of Congress, as well as presidential libraries and private collections. We will probably never have—and should not have—a White House-based reality TV show, but Gawalt's work provides a riveting look at the "reality" of the presidential marriages, in each couple's own words. Includes more than sixty portraits and illustrations. 2005, Black Dog & Leventhal, Ages 12 to Adult.
—Heidi Hauser Green
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603763127
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/6/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 725,053
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Gerard W. Gawalt has for more than thirty years been a writer, a specialist in American history, and a curator of the papers of presidential families at the Library of Congress. His other books include First Daughters, The Declaration of Independence and the Evolution of the Text, and Thomas Jefferson: Genius of Liberty.
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Table of Contents

  • Foreword by James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress:  7
  • Introduction by Gerard W. Gawalt:  10
  • The Correspondents:  17

  1. The Letters:
  2. Love and Marriage:  49
  3. Off to War:  93
  4. Politics:  127
  5. Home and Family:  179
  6. Education:  205
  7. Sorrow and Consolation:  233
  8. Health and Concern:  255
  9. Good Works:  269
  10. Foreign Travel:  287
  11. Hello and Good-bye:  307

  • Sources:  339
  • Acknowledgments:  345
  • Index:  348
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