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First ladies are supposed to be dignified background figures, quietly supportive of their husbands' agendas. Above all, they're not supposed to act out or cause even a whiff of scandal. Of course, reality often overrides conventional wisdom, and this book shows how far from the prim ideal many of the Presidents' wives have strayed. Part irreverent portrait gallery, part exuberant exposé, Feisty First Ladies and Other Unforgettable White House Women introduces a remarkable array of wild women, from Martha Washington, who opposed her own husband's presidential election; to Abraham Lincoln's eccentric wife, Mary; to rebellious daughters like Patti Davis who were the tabloid fodder of their day. Laugh-out-loud funny and filled with amazing stranger-than-fiction facts from our American history, Feisty First Ladies journeys into the realm of the eclectic sisterhood whose outrageous words and deeds have rocked the fusty old foundations of the White House - and the nation!
©2009 Autumn Stevens (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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By Susie on 09-30-13

Taking the White House Beyond Expectations

At some point in your education, you were probably asked to memorize a list of American presidents. But how much have you learned about their wives?

The FLOTUS has the eyes of the nation on her, as she fulfills her duties as wife-in-chief, but is usually promptly forgotten.

Feisty First Ladies has details and anecdotes about the First Ladies that will shock and surprise you. You’ve probably heard that Mary Todd Lincoln was “eccentric,” but did you know Julia Gardiner Tyler jokingly called herself "Queen of America" and would greet visiting dignitaries with a crown and a contingent of handmaidens?

There is so much entertaining trivia, and inspiring activism in the history of First Ladies, that it’s practically your patriotic duty to learn more.

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