• Founding Mothers

  • The Women Who Raised Our Nation
  • By: Cokie Roberts
  • Narrated by: Cokie Roberts
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-30-04
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (239 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Cokie Roberts's #1 New York Times best seller We Are Our Mothers' Daughters examined the nature of women's roles throughout history and led USA Today to praise her as a "custodian of time-honored values." Her second best seller, From This Day Forward, written with her husband, Steve Roberts, described American marriages throughout history. Now Cokie returns with Founding Mothers, an intimate look at the passionate women whose tireless pursuits on behalf of their families and country proved just as crucial to the forging of a new nation as the rebellion that established it. Roberts reveals the often surprising stories of these fascinating women, bringing to life the everyday trials of individuals like Abigail Adams, Mercy Otis Warren, Eliza Pinckney, Mary Bartlett, and Martha Washington, proving that without our exemplary women, the new country might have never survived.
Social history at its best, Founding Mothers unveils the determination, creative insight, and passion of the other patriots, the women who raised our nation. Cokie Roberts proves beyond doubt that like every generation of American women that has followed, the founding mothers used the unique gifts of their gender (courage, pluck, sadness, joy, energy, grace, sensitivity, and humor) to do what women do best, put one foot in front of the other in remarkable circumstances, and carry on.
©2004 Cokie Roberts (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Roberts's style is delightfully intimate and confiding....In addition to telling wonderful stories, Roberts also presents a very readable, serviceable account of politics (male and female) in early America. If only our standard history textbooks were written with such flair!" (Publishers Weekly)
"Roberts offers a much-needed look at the unheralded sacrifices and heroism of colonial women." (Booklist)
"She [Roberts] creates a strong, though perhaps overstated, case that without the patriotism of women on the home front, the Colonies would have lost the Revolutionary War....A series of entertaining minibiographies and engaging vignettes." (The New York Times Book Review)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Carol Roath on 05-31-04

Founding Mothers

What a wonderful and inspiring book! Cokie Roberts compiles an assortment of touching stories about the women that witnessed the birth of our country, with whom we share history and spirit. Not only was the content tremendous, these womens' stories were interwoven flawlessly. I loved every minute of the audio book--especially hearing the author tell the stories herself. Clearly she put HER heart and soul in to this work and it shines through.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Jody R. Nathan on 06-03-04

Interesting, but not engrossing

I found these stories interesting, but not compelling. What I found most interesting was the relationships between the ladies mentioned in this book. But, it was a little hard to follow, and I put it down several times. I enjoyed the author's reading. But I was not inspired to find out any more about these women, which was surprising to me, since I very much like American history.

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