First Ladies: An Intimate Group Portrait of White House Wives

First Ladies: An Intimate Group Portrait of White House Wives

by Margaret Truman


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“Fascinating . . . First Ladies is a wonderfully generous look at the women who, often against their wishes, took on what Truman calls ‘the world's second toughest job.’”—The Christian Science Monitor

Whether they envision their role as protector, partner, advisor, or scold, First Ladies find themselves in a job that is impossible to define, and just as difficult to perform. Now Margaret Truman, daughter of President Harry Truman and an acclaimed novelist and biographer in her own right, explores the fascinating position of First Lady throughout history and up to the present day.

With her unique perspective as the daughter of a First Lady, Ms. Truman reveals the truth behind some of the most misunderstood and forgotten First Ladies of our history, as well as the most famous and beloved. In recounting the charm and courage of Dolley Madison, the brazen ambition of Florence Harding, the calm, good sense of Grace Coolidge, the genius of Eleanor Roosevelt, the mysterious femininity of Jackie Kennedy, and the fierce protectiveness of Nancy Reagan, among others, Margaret Truman has assembled an honest yet affectionate portrait of our nation’s First Ladies—one that freely acknowledges their virtues and their flaws.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780449223239
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/27/1996
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 235,083
Product dimensions: 5.52(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

Margaret Truman won faithful readers with her works of biography and fiction, particularly her ongoing series of Capital Crimes mysteries. Her novels let us into the corridors of power and privilege, and poverty and pageantry, in the nation’s capital. She was the author of many nonfiction books, including The President’s House, in which she shares some of the secrets and history of the White House where she once resided. Truman lived in Manhattan and passed away in 2008.

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First Ladies: An Intimate Group Portrait of White House Wives 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyable short biographies that will propel one into expanded readings.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Don't look for objectivity here! But if you enjoy hearing stories about American Presidents and their lives, especially from a decidedly opinionated source, you will love this book. Get Margaret Truman's take on recent White House wives including Pat Nixon and Jackie Kennedy as well as less well known but equally fascinating figures such as Julia Tyler and Lou Hoover. Recommended.
carterchristian1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Been there, done that. Margaret Truman brings credentials to the task and adds another set of somewhat more than thumbnail sketches to the first lady anthologies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So interesting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An inside look at the Women who made America from someone with the experience of living in the White House. Ms Truman evokes the feelings as well as the facts of these outstanding famous women who influenced the men who ran our nation...
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Her opinions of the ladies is interesting. Combine this with other books about each lady & u can put together a pretty good idea of each one. It took a lot of work to complete this book; however, I think she is wrong on many points about Hillary. When this was written they had only been in office for two yrs & there was soooo much more to Hillary's story coming. She had to b strong because she had so much more to endure from mean republicans & the disgusting actions of our slimy media. Still an interesting book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth a read for the unique perspective of the daughter of a President who lived the White House experience.  Organized, not chronologically, but by the similar characteristics of the First Ladies.  I learned a lot I did not know and as someone said, it will give you the itch to delve deeper into the lives of the First Ladies that most interest you.