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While reading other books I became very intrigued by Mrs. Madison, and I picked up this book to learn more about her. I have both read the book in paperback form and listened to this audio book, and I would highly recommend both!
Dolly Madison was a complex and fascinating woman, both in her time and in ours. This book gives a very detailed but never boring look at the life of this great first lady. Her larger than life personality comes to life in this book, and the reader is very enjoyable as well! I highly recommend it!
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I've been torturing myself with this one for months and have finally given up. Bought with the expectation of learning more about a very interesting lady, I keep waiting for her to play a leading role. Instead, she appears in all too brief snippets. In the meantime, I am forced to wade through pages of long drawn out descriptions of early Washington D.C, highly biased and questionably accurate anti-Jefferson comments, Henry Latrobe's interior decorating, and half of the war of 1812....
Maybe Dolley appears in the second half, but I think I learned more about her in "Patriot Hearts: A Novel of the Founding Mothers". If you want a detailed discription of early Washington D.C., this might be interesting, but the anti-Jefferson bias greatly detracts from the quality of the history presented.
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