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A vivid biography of former First Lady Barbara Bush, one of the most influential and under-appreciated women in American political history.
Barbara Pierce Bush was one of the country's most popular and powerful figures, yet her full story has never been told.
THE MATRIARCH tells the riveting tale of a woman who helped define two American presidencies and an entire political era. Written by USA TODAY's Washington Bureau chief Susan Page, this biography is informed by more than one hundred interviews with Bush friends and family members, hours of conversation with Mrs. Bush herself in the final six months of her life, and access to her diaries that spanned decades. THE MATRIARCH examines not only her public persona but also less well-known aspects of her remarkable life.
As a girl in Rye, New York, Barbara Bush weathered criticism of her weight from her mother, barbs that left lifelong scars. As a young wife, she coped with the death of her three-year-old daughter from leukemia, a loss that changed her forever. In middle age, she grappled with depression so serious that she contemplated suicide. And as first the wife and then the mother of American presidents, she made history as the only woman to see and advise both her husband and son in the Oval Office.
As with many women of her era, Barbara Bush was routinely underestimated, her contributions often neither recognized nor acknowledged. But she became an astute and trusted political campaign strategist and a beloved First Lady. She invested herself deeply in expanding literacy programs in America, played a critical role in the end of the Cold War, and led the way in demonstrating love and compassion to those with HIV/AIDS. With her cooperation, this book offers Barbara Bush's last words for history on the evolution of her party, on the role of women, on Donald Trump, and on her family's legacy.
Barbara Bush's accomplishments, struggles, and contributions are many. Now, Susan Page explores them all in THE MATRIARCH, a groundbreaking book certain to cement Barbara Bush as one of the most unique and influential women in American history.
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About the Author
Susan Page is the award-winning Washington Bureau chief of USA Today, where she writes about politics and the White House. Susan has covered six White House administrations and ten presidential elections. She has interviewed the past nine presidents and reported from six continents and dozens of foreign countries. She has appeared as an analyst on ABC's This Week, CBS' Face the Nation, CNN's State of the Union, Fox News Sunday, NBC's Meet the Press, PBS' NewsHour, NPR's The Diane Rehm Show, and other TV and radio programs. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Table of Contents
1 Six Brutal Months 15
2 "The Fighting Pierces" 40
3 The Football Star and the Campus Beauty 58
4 Stuck in the Middle 73
5 Love and War 92
6 "The Street Cop" 115
7 How Hard Could It Be? 135
8 Darkness 147
9 "What Are We Going to Do About Bar?" 159
10 The Frost That Never Thawed 178
11 Triumph 208
12 First at Last 245
13 Grandmas House 265
14 The Reckoning 286
15 Detente 310
16 The Reluctant Campaign 337
17 Evicted 364
18 First Son 390
19 A Second First Lady Named Bush 414
20 Dynasty 431
21 "We've Had Enough Bushes" 453
22 "Hit in the Solarplex" 465
Epilogue: Indispensable 496
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Matriarch Barbara Bush was an excellent book. Stories that I had forgotten about and some I didn't know what was going . As everyone knew Barbara was a humorus person and was a very caring person too. She had a lot of humor in this book. Great read...Couldn't put it down.
Loved this book and Barbara.
Susan Page has done an outstanding job
Too much Pierce background