Book Reviews of Secret Lives Of The First Ladies: What Your Teachers Never Told You About The Women of The White House

Secret Lives Of The First Ladies: What Your Teachers Never Told You About The Women of The White House
Secret Lives Of The First Ladies What Your Teachers Never Told You About The Women of The White House
Author: Cormac O'Brien
ISBN-13: 9781594740145
ISBN-10: 1594740143
Publication Date: 5/26/2005
Pages: 296
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 34 ratings
Publisher: Quirk Books
Book Type: Paperback
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I have yet to read "The Secret Lives of the Presidents" but I picked this up because I am really interested in women's history. This book is a decent portrait or how the role of First Lady has evolved and yet stayed the same (I'm not sure if this is possible, but this books makes it appear to be).

What I found really interesting were the differences and similarities of these women: the number of women who never wanted to be first lady and the ones who relished the role; which ones were for and against suffrage and women's rights; the ones who were "just a spouse" vs. the ones who seemed to have a great partnership with their husbands; who loved being a hostess and who relegated the chore to someone else; for some reason I was amazed at the number of philanderers who made it to the White House and yet all of their wives stuck by them (I believe Hilary Clinton was the only one who suffered the negative effects of this) ... I found it noteworthy that out of all of the First Ladies, only Hilary Clinton and Eleanore Roosevelt were credited with a possible extramarital affair.

The beginning of each chapter lists some biographical information on the Ladies (life span, spouses, years in the White House, number of children) and I loved that their religions and astrological signs were included, along with a nifty quote. It was nice of Cormac O'Brien to include the wives who didn't make it to the White House because of divorce or premature death.

All in all this was a nice, fluffy introduction of the first ladies. It wasn't as juicy as I thought it would be, but it's full of fun little facts. I look forward to reading more comprehensive books on the First Ladies in the future.
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very interesting look into the lives of the first ladies - lots of interesting tidbits - good book to read if you need something to read in short bursts as each bio is just a couple of pages
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Interesting and candid look at each of our First Ladies. Often irreverant and amusing. Brief bio at the beginning of each chapter outlining DOB/death, children, years in the role, popular quote, religious affiliation and astrological sign. Informative and a fun read. You don't get bogged down in heavy details.
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Interesting, enlightening, amazing, informative. Great book.
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This book is great for historical buff and for someone that loves biographies. These are little short stories of First Ladies and very interesting facts that I did not know on most of them!
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very good
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Nice light read about past First Ladies. Nothing too racy or shocking, but little details and insights that made it an enjoyable read.
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For me, Secret Lives of the First Ladies wasn't as good as Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents. Parts of this were interesting, but it took me almost 2 1/2 months to finally finish it.
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Very good book. Learned a great deal about the First Ladies. Easy and fun to read.
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I think our teachers had better things to tell us than these bits of trivia.