Presidential Wives

Presidential Wives : An Anecdotal History

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In Presidential Wives, Paul Boller brings his gift for telling detail to bear on the women our Presidents married, and the result is a biographical feat--at once funny and poignant, dramatic and illuminating, covering every First Lady from Martha Washington to Hillary Rodham Clinton. Boller devotes a full chapter to each of his subjects, featuring an incisive biographical essay followed by a selection of revealing anecdotes. Through his portrayal of such a diverse group of women, Boller sheds new light on how much the institution of the presidency tells us about ourselves and our life as a nation. First published in 1988, this second edition has been revised to include updated information on people such as Nancy Reagan and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, a new preface, and new chapters devoted to Barbara Bush and Hillary Rodham more

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  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 127 x 200.66 x 45.72mm | 566.99g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised edition
  • 0195121422
  • 9780195121421

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"It's a fascinating book that is easily read..." -Ken Moore, Naples Daily News "Boller excels at illuminating the pathos and tragedy that suffused the lives of...presidential wives."-The Chicago Tribune "Boller's deep insight into [these women's] lives and personalities...[adds] new historical detail to White House folklore."-Los Angeles Times Book Review "Boller has splendidly fulfilled his purpose of producing a fascinating...account of what it has meant for a woman to be the wife of a president....This collective history of presidential wives calls attention to their significance in the nation's history."-Journal of American History "For anyone interested in a snapshot view of the presidency, this anecdotal history of American presidential important to read-and certainly fun....Boller's anecdotes are fascinating and amusing."-Letitia Baldrige, Washington Post Book Worldshow more

About Paul F. Boller

About the Author: Paul F. Boller, Jr., is Professor of History, Emeritus, at Texas Christian University. He is the author of many books, including Presidential Anecdotes and Presidential more

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