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The Smithsonian Book of the First Ladies: Their Lives, Times, and Issues Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-10-25 
Review Score: 3 out of 5 star From 3 user ratings
ISBN:0805017518
LANGUAGE:English

" I've been looking for a book like this for a long time. Just a few pages on each of the first ladies. I loved it. " said.

" alittle bit about each first lady up until Ms. Clinton. " said.

"A nice compilation of historical biographical sketches of these women and their influence in their role as first lady as well as some glimpses into other areas of their lives from childhood to their death. I loved learning more about each woman. Women's history is also woven throughout in shorter articles where the reader can learn about Sojourner Truth, women winning the right to vote, acceptable jobs for women through each area, contributions by women in many different areas of history and more.

However, the general tone of the book seemed to have quite a feminist 'bent' to the point of "women have been so repressed", "how horrible it must have been for her not to be recognized for all this..." etc., that it was sometimes a pain to read through the emotional garbage added to the history. I believe so many of these women were happy in their roles and felt successful and fulfilled in their contributions, rather than repressed as the author seemed to continually think all these women felt.
" said.

"Empowering, informative, engaging, incredible. I was blown away by how much I enjoyed this book. Written in a charming and engaging way, “First Ladies” shares each individual story of each First Lady to occupy the White House. I was astonished at the high-caliber women who have walked alongside their president husbands — astonished that I didn’t already know these stories! If you’re looking for a book about strong, capable women, or if you want to dive into some hearty American history, this is a must-read. " said.

" This book was fascinating! I loved reading about the first ladies and their personal stories as they grew up, the schooling they accomplished, how they met their husbands and how they affected the white house. Some of these ladies really had to overcome great adversity either growing up or during their white house years. I gained a great appreciation for these ladies and others that have helped mold this country to what it is today. " said.

" I've been looking for a book like this for a long time. Just a few pages on each of the first ladies. I loved it. " said.

" alittle bit about each first lady up until Ms. Clinton. " said.

"A nice compilation of historical biographical sketches of these women and their influence in their role as first lady as well as some glimpses into other areas of their lives from childhood to their death. I loved learning more about each woman. Women's history is also woven throughout in shorter articles where the reader can learn about Sojourner Truth, women winning the right to vote, acceptable jobs for women through each area, contributions by women in many different areas of history and more.

However, the general tone of the book seemed to have quite a feminist 'bent' to the point of "women have been so repressed", "how horrible it must have been for her not to be recognized for all this..." etc., that it was sometimes a pain to read through the emotional garbage added to the history. I believe so many of these women were happy in their roles and felt successful and fulfilled in their contributions, rather than repressed as the author seemed to continually think all these women felt.
" said.

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