“Insightful. . . . Colorful. . . . A shrewd and illuminating look at the juncture where the personal and the political overlap.” –The Wall Street Journal
“Irresistible. . . . An entertaining shot of history. . . . Scores of interviews and extensive research have turned up some revealing anecdotes and shrewd insights.” –The New York Times
“Brilliant. . . . Delectable. . . . Marton has a deft hand with narrative. . . . It’s the intimate, keyhole view of these marriages that gives Hidden Power
its allure.” –Newsday
“Fascinating . . . well-researched.” –The New York Times Book Review
From the Inside Flap
Kati Marton?s bestselling Hidden Power
is an engrossing look at twelve presidential marriages?from Edith and Woodrow Wilson to Laura and George W. Bush?that have profoundly affected America?s history.
Marton uncovers the behind-the-scenes dynamics of the ultimate power couples, showing how first ladies have used their privileged access to the president to influence staffing, promote causes, and engage directly in policy-making. Edith Wilson secretly ran the country after Woodrow?s debilitating stroke. Eleanor Roosevelt was FDR?s moral compass. And Laura Bush, initially shy of any public role, has proven to be the emotional ballast for her husband. Through extensive research and interviews, Marton reveals the substantial?yet often overlooked?legacy of presidential wives, providing insight into the evolution of women?s roles in the twentieth century and vividly depicting the synergy of these unique political partnerships.