Pat Nixon: Embattled First Lady (Modern First Ladies) Hardcover – Illustrated, March 2, 2011
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"Brennan succeeds in portraying Pat Nixon as a complex person and a less-than-equal partner in her husband's career. . . . [The book's] accessible prose will appeal especially to general readers, while its fresh research and sound judgments will please scholars."--Historian
". . . provide[s] insights into the Nixon family's life in the public eye during turbulent times."--Library Journal
"This engaging and eye-opening biography digs beneath popular characterizations of Patricia Ryan Nixon as a victim and martyr and assesses this reluctant first lady on her own terms."--Susan M. Hartmann, author of From Margin to Mainstream: American Women and Politics since 1960
"An insightful look at the compromises made by a classic 'good wife' whose life took her down the roads her husband wanted to travel, and a few he didn't."--Jo Freeman, author of We Will Be Heard: Women's Struggles for Political Power in the U.S.
"A richly-textured portrait of an often misunderstood first lady."--Gil Troy, author of Mr. and Mrs. President: From the Trumans to the Clintons
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Hardcover : 248 pages
- ISBN-10 : 070061771X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0700617715
- Product Dimensions : 5.9 x 0.7 x 9.4 inches
- Publisher : University Press of Kansas; Illustrated Edition (March 2, 2011)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,382,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Professor Brennan does an admirable job of sailing through the epoch, bringing an objective and well-researched point of view of the First Lady, a subject now of an opera and a novel.
In the last chapter of her fine book, Brennan notes that Mrs Nixon "might have dined with kings and queens on occasion, but she never forgot where she came from or who she was. Her obsession with her correspondence was less about the political benefit it provided her husband and more about the effect on the recipient's life. For many women, Pat exemplified the struggles of their generation. They had been raised to stand by their husbands and endure in their marriages. If there were times they were unhappy, then they dealt with it."
This year (2012) is the centennial of Mrs Nixon's birth, and it is to be hoped that many will find inspiration in, and knowledge from, this book.
Virginia W. Alexander
Why aren't people interested and curious about this amazing woman?
It is obvious that she was not just a shadow of her husband.
Before she met Dick Nixon she was an accomplished and
independent woman. Her story may have been a sad one.
Then again maybe it wasn't sad. She stood by Nixon,
did her job, served the public, contributed to our county.
She was beloved and admired by her staff. Through all of the years,
married to a public servant, she did her job as a mom, wife and first lady.
There was much speculation about the Nixon marriage. It was not easy
being married to the cold, workaholic Dick Nixon. In the early years theirs was
a true love story. She knew, and understood Nixon as few people knew him.
Their long marriage was probably typical. Here were 2 people who were
comfortable with each other. Also they were very very busy. They had goals
and were working hard to obtain those goals. A few words about the book.
Brennan did an adequate job. She writes well. However, I felt the organization
left much to be desired. Perhaps it was a poor job of editing. I was often mixed
up with where we were in Nixon history. Too often Brennan would reach back,
way back to bygone years and comment on a trait of Pat's. This happened repeatedly.
For me it broke the rhythm. I do recommend this book.