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Why did her contemporaries so admire a lady so little known today? In A Perfect Union, acclaimed historian Catherine Allgor reveals how Dolley manipulated the constraints of her gender to construct an American democratic ruling style and to help achieve her husband's political goals. By emphasizing cooperation over coercion-building bridges instead of bunkers-she left us with not only an important story about our past but a model for a modern form of politics.
About the Author:
Catherine Allgor a professor of history at the University of California-Riverside
—Cokie Roberts, author ofFounding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation
“For some time Dolley Madison has been a beguiling ornament, flashing her femininity in the parlors of the early American republic. Here, at last, Catherine Allgor, with great style and wit, recovers a different Dolley, a full-fledged political partner with James Madison. Now, in addition to John and Abigail,
we have James and Dolley.”
—Joseph J. Ellis, author of His Excellency: George Washington
"A lively, clear-eyed account of a master politician. As first ‘Presidentess,’ Dolley Madison established herself among our earliest female celebrities and left an enduring mark on American culture. Hers is a rousing tale of ambition, gossip, and policy, told with empathy and understanding by Catherine Allgor. "—Stacy Schiff, author of A Great Improvisation
"Before Jackie Kennedy there was Dolley Madison - elegant, sophisticated and charismatic. Thanks to her inimitable style and determination, the nation's capital became more than just a swampy outpost where pigs and politicians freely roamed. In A Perfect Union Catherine Allgor reveals the warm and fascinating woman who dazzled Americans for more than three decades."
—Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire
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Posted November 28, 2008
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