First Women

First Women

The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies

Book - 2016
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Brower draws on a wide array of untapped, candid sources to tell the stories of the ten remarkable women who have defined the role of First Lady of the United States since 1960. From Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama, she offers new insights into this privileged group, and shares stories exploring everything from the first ladies' political crusades to their rivalries with Washington figures; from their friendships with other first ladies to their public and private relationships with their husbands.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062439659
Branch Call Number: 920 Br
Description: 380 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm


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One of the most underestimated—and challenging—positions in the world, the First Lady of the United States must be many things: an inspiring leader with a forward-thinking agenda of her own; a savvy politician, skilled at navigating the treacherous rapids of Washington; a wife and mother operatin... Read More »

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ArapahoeMaryA May 03, 2017

This is an interesting and entertaining read about post-war first ladies from Jackie Kennedy (touching briefly on Mamie Eisenhower) to Michelle Obama. While I’d be hard-pressed to argue with critics who panned this book (saying Brower’s delivery is gossipy and biased), I did enjoy the behind-the-scenes peek at the personal lives of these extraordinary women. Skip the audiobook format – this one is better in print.

JCLMartyJ May 01, 2017

It's interesting to read about the relationships that existed and the sometimes unlikely friendships that developed among the First Ladies. Although not nearly as well-researched or well-written, this title is a good companion to The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs which discusses how U.S. Presidents, members of the most exclusive fraternity, turn to each other for advice and support.

Sep 12, 2016

Good book to pick up and skim.

Sep 07, 2016

Not a biography really, more of a compare and contrast look at the First Ladies starting with Jackie Kennedy. Interesting book.

Sep 05, 2016

I did not care for this book.

Jul 17, 2016

This is the second book I have written by this author. I don't really care for this author's writing style. It is very chopping and non-engaging to the reader. She jumps back and forth constantly between First Ladies whereas I think the book would have flowed better had she discussed each First Lady in chronological order.


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ArapahoeMaryA May 03, 2017

What makes them so compelling is their shared humanity, their imperfection.

…whether in the White House or long after they’ve left, they have tremendous power. Hopefully, they will continue to support each other and to forge deep and long-lasting friendships, empathizing with each other’s joys, frustrations, and sorrows. They are bound together by the extraordinary lives they have lived and they are exceptional in this polarized political climate because their friendships have nothing to do with political party.


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