Enjoyed the biographic information about the First Ladies - so interesting a read. It was fascinating to read what each First Lady did or did not do within her role as President's Wife. There were surprises and unexpected challenges that these women endured as their husbands led the Republic / America through its historical growth and involvement in the world at large. I highly recommend this fascinating and well written book!
What there is of this book is quite good. Unlike other first lady books, this one gets real. Without being gossipy or scandalmongering, the author tells the truth about the First Ladies, their personality quirks, their faults and virtues. We learn which marriages were good and which were not so much. The biggest problem is a lot of the First Ladies were skipped. The book ends with Mamie Eisenhower, which the author explains is where her interest in history ends. I was okay with that. So, I started reading, first up Martha Washington and Abigail Adams. Next President was Jefferson, but there was no chapter for Martha Jefferson. I thought, okay, she died before he became President, so she wasn't a First Lady. There was no chapter for his daughter, who acted as his First Lady, but I figured the author was just doing wives. I kept reading until I came to Rachel Jackson. Hold on! She died before Andrew Jackson became President, so why did she get a chapter when Martha Jefferson didn't? Then I saw that Harriet Lane got a chapter. If Jefferson's daughter didn't get a mention, why did Buchanan's niece get one? Then I got out a list of First Ladies and saw that some wives were skipped altogether, even though they had been alive and acting as First Lady when their husbands were in office. For instance, James Monroe's wife and Andrew Johnson's wives were skipped, and their were others. So, what there is of this book is good, but it is not really "from Martha Washington to Mamie Eisenhower."