Available now from Harper Audio:
From the Publisher:
“From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the groundbreaking backstairs look at the White House,The Residence, comes an intimate, news-making look at the true modern power brokers at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: the First Ladies, from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama.
One of the most underestimated—and challenging—positions in the world, the First Lady of the United States must be many things: an inspiring leader with a forward-thinking agenda of her own; a savvy politician, skilled at navigating the treacherous rapids of Washington; a wife and mother operating under constant scrutiny; and an able CEO responsible for the smooth operation of countless services and special events at the White House. Now, as she did in her smash #1 bestseller The Residence, former White House correspondent Kate Andersen Brower draws on a wide array of untapped, candid sources—from residence staff and social secretaries to friends and political advisers—to tell the stories of the ten remarkable women who have defined that role since 1960.
Brower offers new insights into this privileged group of remarkable women, including Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Patricia Nixon, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama. The stories she shares range from the heartwarming to the shocking and tragic, exploring everything from the first ladies’ political crusades to their rivalries with Washington figures; from their friendships with other first ladies to their public and private relationships with their husbands. She also offers a detailed and insightful new portrait of one of the most-watched first ladies of all time, Hillary Clinton, asking what her tumultuous years in the White House may tell us about her own historic presidential run . . . and what life could be like with the nation’s first First Husband.
Candid and illuminating, this first group biography of the modern first ladies provides a revealing look at life upstairs and downstairs at the world’s most powerful address.”
My recording experience:
As much as I enjoyed Brower’s first book, The Residence, I think FIRST WOMEN topped it. Reading about the experience these women had while witnessing the circus of the current presidential campaign was fascinating. I know I could never handle the stress of being President of this country, but I think being it’s First Lady would be even tougher. Great stories and a great Mother’s Day gift for politicos!
p.s. Don’t you love this cover art?!
Listen to a sample here:
And the Giveaway:
Thanks to the folks at Harper Audio, I have downloadable copy of this book to give away. To be entered into this random drawing, just make a comment below answering this question: “Would you rather be President or First Lady of the United States, if you had to choose?”. Entrants must be 18+ years of age, and residents of the continental US only please. Entries will be taken up until 5pm EST on Wednesday, May 4. The randomly selected winner will be contacted by email and then I’ll need your mailing address to get the CDs to you, but I don’t keep or share any contact info. Good luck and thanks for listening!