Ladies of Liberty

  • by Cokie Roberts
  • Narrated by Cokie Roberts
  • 10 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Founding Mothers, Cokie Roberts paid homage to the heroic women whose patriotism and sacrifice helped create a new nation. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author and renowned political commentator - praised in USA Today as a "custodian of time-honored values" - continues the story of early America's influential women with Ladies of Liberty. In her "delightfully intimate and confiding" style (Publishers Weekly), Roberts presents a colorful blend of biographical portraits and behind-the-scenes vignettes chronicling women's public roles and private responsibilities. Recounted with the insight and humor of an expert storyteller and drawing on personal correspondence, private journals, and other primary sources - many of them previously unpublished - Roberts brings to life the extraordinary accomplishments of women who laid the groundwork for a better society. Almost every quotation here is written by a woman, to a woman, or about a woman.From first ladies to freethinkers, educators to explorers, this exceptional group includes Abigail Adams, Margaret Bayard Smith, Martha Jefferson, Dolley Madison, Elizabeth Monroe, Louisa Catherine Adams, Eliza Hamilton, Theodosia Burr, Rebecca Gratz, Louisa Livingston, Rosalie Calvert, Sacajawea, and others.In a much-needed addition to the shelves of Founding Father literature, Roberts sheds new light on the generation of heroines, reformers, and visionaries who helped shape our nation, giving these ladies of liberty the recognition they so greatly deserve.

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Audible Editor Reviews

NPR reporter Cokie Roberts pays homage to the heroic women whose patriotism and sacrifice helped create our nation. Roberts spotlights early influential women - heroines, reformers, and visionaries all. Narrating with vivid insight, bemused wonder, humor, and a soft Southern accent, Roberts sheds a fresh perspective upon the lives of these strong, brave women, who were captivated by America's birth and political intrigue, even amidst personal hardships. Absence of pauses before and after quotations (mostly from letters), causes some confusion as to what is a quote and what is text. Roberts is an insightful and passionate narrator who delights in her subjects' daily lives, triumphs, outrages, and humor.

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Ladies of Liberty

A terrific listen full of interesting people and their stories. You'll realize how neglected women are in our history books.
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- Sesenta-tres

Ladies of Iron Will

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Interesting stories about the founding of our country as told by the founders wives and daughters. It only increased my respect for Dolly Madison.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Ladies of Liberty?

The fact that women's charitable organizations had unmarried ladies be the treasurer so that a husband couldn't get his hands on their funds.


Which scene was your favorite?

Almost any scene with Dolly Madison.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Men of vision and women of fortitude.


Any additional comments?

Cokie Roberts does a great job narrating her work.

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- Carol Palmer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-08-2008
  • Publisher: HarperAudio