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First Mothers: The Women Who Shaped the Presidents Paperback – Bargain Price, October 16, 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
It was my first year with the N.Y. Daily News Washington bureau. She was a star of TIME, a tiny dynamo often chosen when an able White House "pool reporter" was needed for an elegant event, one where reporters were barely tolerated. That December she was stationed -- for Lynda Byrd Johnson's marriage to Charles Robb -- behind a white panel specially erected to match the East Room wall with holes for her to peek through. Bonnie curled up in her "spy hole" facing the bride and groom, taking notes through the service, hidden from the V.I.P. guests. Then she came down to the pressroom to tell other reporters all about it.
During her years covering Washington she heard so many presidents mention the influence of their mothers -- not their fathers -- on their lives that she decided to go back, wherever possible and get the stories first hand. She spent two years interviewing presidents and hundreds of surviving friends and family members. First Mothers: The Women Who Shaped the Presidents benefits from the friendly contacts she made over twenty-five years here and from her eye for the human story behind the pomp and circumstance.
Washington used to be a place where a man left his past behind when he made it here, and newspapers ignored present scandals unless they occurred publicly -- in the street frightening the horses -- as the saying went.Read more ›
You really don't get too much information about the mothers though. It's mostly inferred from the situations and minor passing comments made by those who knew these women. The pictures are pretty few and small, so you don't always even get a good feeling of how these women looked.
Also, as another reviewer remarked, it is kind of frustrating and confusing the way each chapter jumps back and forth in time.
A must read for any mom of boys!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I decided to read this book in honor of Women's History Month. I loved this book! It told the story of the strong women who supported their son's from birth and throughout their... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Book Reviewer
It's one of my favorite books. I have bought several copies and have given them as gifts.Published 11 months ago by Laura A. Salas
Very interesting and informative about significant people in our history. I thought it was well based on research. Read morePublished 13 months ago by doneldaa
I was expecting stories about all of the mothers of all the presidents, not just a few recent ones.Published 14 months ago by Carolyn Gamble
Found out a number of things about our former presidents and their mothers. Got really irrited by some of those mothers, especially FDR since I lived through his presidency and... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Joan Mueller