The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Residence, the groundbreaking work of journalism about the White House staff, 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 in charge of running the private side of the White House. Now, as she did in The Residence, Kate Andersen Brower, who covered President Obama’s first term, draws on a wide array of untapped, candid sources—from the former first ladies themselves to their political advisers, friends, family members and residence staff-she tells the stories of the ten remarkable women who have defined the role for more than a half-century.
First Ladies are part of the world’s most elite sorority. Its members include Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama. The stories Brower shares range from the heartwarming to the shocking and tragic, exploring everything from the first ladies’ political crusades to their rivalries and friendships with each other-as revealed in never-before-published letters- 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 Gentleman.