Secret Lives of the First Ladies: What Your Teachers Never Told You about the Women of the White House

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Quirk Books, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 296 pages
Scandals, Seduction, Addiction, Adultery, Horrific Fashions--And the White House?!?
Your high school history teachers never gave you a book like this one! "Secret Lives of the First Ladies" features outrageous and uncensored profiles of the women of the White House--complete with hundreds of little-known, politically incorrect, and downright wacko facts. You'll discover that:
- Dolley Madison loved to chew tobacco
- Mary Todd Lincoln conducted seances on a regular basis
- Eleanor Roosevelt and Ellen Wilson both carried guns
- Jacqueline Kennedy spent $121,000 on her wardrobe in a single year
- Betty Ford liked to chat on CB radios--her handle was "First Mama"
- Hillary Clinton dreamed of being an astronaut
- And much, much more
With chapters on every woman who's ever made it to the White House, "Secret Lives of the First Ladies "tackles all of the tough questions that other history books are afraid to ask: How many of these women owned slaves? Which ones were cheating on their husbands? And why was Eleanor Roosevelt serving hot dogs to the King and Queen of England? American history was never this much fun in school!
 

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User Review  - catgb82 - Overstock.com

Great book filled with interesting little tidbits and behindthescenes info about all the first ladies in relatively quick summaries. Shed some light on lesserknown first ladies enough to inspire me to buy biographies of Nellie Taft and Edith Kermit Roosevelt. Read full review

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User Review  - vivavoss - LibraryThing

This book is a highly readable, very informative collection of facts and stories about our First Ladies. Chapters are just the right length, and full of the kinds of things readers themselves might ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
9
Martha Jefferson
24
Louisa Catherine Adams 18251829
37
Letitia Christian Tyler 18411842
50
Margaret Taylor 18491850
66
Mary Todd Lincoln 18611865
83
Julia Dent Grant 18691877
98
Lucretia Garfield 1881
113
Florence Kling Harding 19211923
173
Lou Henry Hoover 19291933
188
Bess Truman 19451953
204
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy 19611963
218
Pat Nixon 19691974
234
Rosalynn Carter 19771981
251
Barbara Bush 19891993
267
Laura Bush 2001
282

Caroline Harrison 18891892
128
Alice Lee Roosevelt
143
Ellen Axson Wilson 19131914
159
Acknowledgments
296
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About the author (2005)

Cormac O’Brianis the author ofSecret Lives of the U.S. PresidentsandSecret Lives of the Civil War. He lives with his wife in New Jersey.

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