The Georgetown Ladies' Social Club: Power, Passion, and Politics in the Nation's Capital

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Atria Books, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 389 pages
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In this definitive and first-time portrait of the political and social life of Georgetown, bestselling biographer C. David Heymann chronicles the dinner parties, correspondence, intersections, and overlappings of some of the most powerful women behind American politics.

Henry Kissinger pronounced that "the hand that mixes the Georgetown martini is time and again the hand that guides the destiny of the Western world." In this compelling book -- a heady mix of politics, sex, scandal, and power -- Heymann reveals the real moguls of Washington. "The Georgetown Ladies' Social Club," a term coined by Ronald Reagan, comprises a list of formidable and fascinating women, among them Katharine Graham, Lorraine Cooper, Evangeline Bruce, Pamela Harriman, and Sally Quinn.

In a city characteristically and historically controlled by men, these women's social status and personal wealth (in addition to their courage, vision, and voracious ambition) afforded them an abundance of behind-the-scenes political clout. Through a combination of primary-source documents and personal interviews, Heymann offers intriguing and often startling insights into Washington life, from the latter days of the Truman administration to the advent of President George W. Bush. Filled with the history and lore of Georgetown itself, The Georgetown Ladies' Social Club is a riveting exposť of the powers behind the throne, the women who made and make Washington tick.

In this definitive and first-time portrait of the political and social life of Georgetown, bestselling biographer C. David Heymann chronicles the dinner parties, correspondence, intersections, and overlappings of some of the most powerful women behind American politics.

Henry Kissinger pronounced that "the hand that mixes the Georgetown martini is time and again the hand that guides the destiny of the Western world." In this compelling book -- a heady mix of politics, sex, scandal, and power -- Heymann reveals the real moguls of Washington. "The Georgetown Ladies' Social Club," a term coined by Ronald Reagan, comprises a list of formidable and fascinating women, among them Katharine Graham, Lorraine Cooper, Evangeline Bruce, Pamela Harriman, and Sally Quinn.

In a city characteristically and historically controlled by men, these women's social status and personal wealth (in addition to their courage, vision, and voracious ambition) afforded them an abundance of behind-the-scenes political clout. Through a combination of primary-source documents and personal interviews, Heymann offers intriguing and often startling insights into Washington life, from the latter days of the Truman administration to the advent of President George W. Bush. Filled with the history and lore of Georgetown itself, The Georgetown Ladies' Social Club is a riveting exposť of the powers behind the throne, the women who made and make Washington tick.

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Review: The Georgetown Ladies' Social Club: Power, Passion, and Politics in the Nation's Capital

User Review  - Snogged - Goodreads

This book was selected by my book club for this month's read and I don't think I would have gravitated to the book on my own if it hadn't been assigned to me. The stories started out pretty slow and I ... Read full review

Review: The Georgetown Ladies' Social Club: Power, Passion, and Politics in the Nation's Capital

User Review  - Morgan - Goodreads

This book started slow but definitely picked up. It spans quite a few decades, presidencies, families, and political beliefs and how a small group of women helped influence Georgetown. The book does a ... Read full review

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Phil and Kay I
15
The P and Q Street Axis I
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The Turning Point I
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About the author (2003)

C. David Heymann is the internationally known author of such bestselling books as RFK: A Candid Biography of Robert F. Kennedy, Poor Little Rich Girl: The Life and Legend of Barbara Hutton, A Woman Named Jackie: An Intimate Biography of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, and Liz: An Intimate Biography of Elizabeth Taylor. Three of his biographies were made into major award-winning NBC-TV miniseries. A three-time Pulitzer prize nominee, he lives and works in Manhattan.

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