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2.85 out of 52.85 out of 52.85 out of 52.85 out of 52.85 out of 5 2.85 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cokie Roberts Narrator: Cokie Roberts Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2004 ISBN: 9780060764210
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Cokie Roberts's #1 New York Times bestseller 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 bestseller, 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Exploiting a wide range of historical evidence from military records to recipes, private correspondence, pamphlets and songs, Roberts succeeds in presenting something entirely new on a topic seemingly otherwise exhausted…Founding Mothers is a welcome addition to American Revolution biography, which is saturated by the lives of the Founding Fathers. It fills in blanks and adds substance, detail and dimension to what until now has seemed a strangely distant and utterly masculine mythology.”

    USA Today

  • “Roberts has uncovered hundreds of personal anecdotes and woven them together in a single, suspenseful narrative with great skill.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Roberts’ style is delightfully intimate and confiding…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

  • “This lively and engaging title chronicles the adventures and contributions of numerous women of the era between 1740 and 1797. Roberts includes a surprising amount of original writings, but uses modern language and spellings to enable readers to enjoy fully the wit and wisdom of these remarkable individuals. While their men were away serving as soldiers, statesmen, or ambassadors, the women's lives were fraught with difficulty and danger. They managed property, and raised their children and often those of deceased relatives, while trying to make their own contributions to the cause of liberty. They acted as spies, coordinated boycotts, and raised funds for the army. Through it all, they corresponded with their husbands, friends, and even like-minded women in England. Readers will enjoy seeing how many of these individuals showed their mettle when they were still in their teens.”

    School Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katrina | 2/20/2014

    " I wish I could have given this more stars; I had high hopes for it. While I thought the information was very good, I found the presentation hard to follow. It jumped around a lot for me. Also, thought the commentary from the author was annoying or I disagreed with it (I'm not a history expert, but sometimes I thought she put a twist on things where there wasn't much basis). I'm curious if her other books are similar to this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 2/10/2014

    " I enjoyed this book very much. It was a good review of Revolutionary history, told from the lives and points of view of the women of the time. I like Cokie Roberts' commentary (yes, I'm a NPR junky). Thanks to Alisha for letting me borrow the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren G | 2/6/2014

    " I couldn't put this one down. It was fascinating to read about Abigail Adams, Martha Washington, and so many other founding mothers. I think I learned more about the Revolutionary War and the years after it than I ever had before. Abigail Adams was particularly forward thinking, and must have seemed somewhat out of place in her time. Really interesting book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Hayes | 2/6/2014

    " So far, so good. This is "beach reading does history," but very enjoyable. A few spots that needed more careful editing, but so far I've enjoyed it. I'm to about the middle of the book right now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 2/2/2014

    " I found this book well written, but thematically repetitious as though the author were trying to force the history to her conclusions and assumptions. Still worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 1/28/2014

    " This book was a reminder that I don't know my own history very well. I also was reminded that I have no reason to whine about anything! These women were truly amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lora | 1/20/2014

    " I love reading about strong women and I also love history books. This has both "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 1/17/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. I sometimes felt Cokie Roberts took some liberties with her aside comments. But it gives a good feel for how American women and their perspective on things has developed since the beginning. I also liked it because having been a politicians wife and a lone a lot it was interesting from that perspective "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noelle | 1/17/2014

    " Great stories about women in early America! It's well written, but is not a fast read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jody Florence | 1/11/2014

    " I could not finish this. I found her style to be difficult to read, and her personal comments to be annoying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie Godby | 1/1/2014

    " Always nice to read about the people who really kept the nation running! :-) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Merry | 12/30/2013

    " Interesting information but the booked jumped around to much. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 12/21/2013

    " This is the worst book I have ever read! Maybe not the worst, but it was really bad!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon Lawler | 12/20/2013

    " I had looked forward to reading this book but was extremely disappointed. The organization of the information was fragmented. It could have been so much better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 7/3/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. It is based on the stories of all the women (mothers, girlfriends, wives) of the founding fathers. It makes me proud to be a woman. Though, I'm not a big fan of the author's writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 3/25/2013

    " I powerful book about our founding mothers. Christie thought I would like it so I listened to it on audible and then took the time to read it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laurie | 2/20/2013

    " Interesting subject matter but Cokie needs to learn to write. She insults the reader with her offhanded commentary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 12/7/2012

    " Cokie Roberts brings this point of history and the women who contributed so much of themselves brilliantly alive. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barbara | 10/14/2012

    " I actually didn't finish this book. I got rather bored with it as all of the founding women's contributions seemed pretty much the same. The time period was pretty restrictive for women. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 5/1/2012

    " Made it about half-way through. Includes interesting information about the women who shaped our country's founding fathers. The writing jumps between stories without much to tie it all together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 3/24/2012

    " This book relates the lives and letters of the women who helped shape our nation. I learned a lot about how our nation was formed and it gave a great window into the lives of the women of that time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emerald | 2/2/2012

    " Disappointing book. Hard to follow because of dis-jointed writing that tries to cover too much material on too many characters. Overall very dry. Read for book club as part of an election theme. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 12/16/2011

    " An interesting take on history-from the women's view. I did not finish all of it due to time. A little disorganized. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eleanor | 12/5/2011

    " While this was a very interesting book as far as content goes, the style was a bit too snarky and scattered for my taste. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tina | 10/31/2011

    " I expected better writing from this author. Seemed disjointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kemmery | 9/4/2011

    " It was a slow read like others have said but definitely worth it. I learned a lot of things I never knew about the women of our country. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roni | 6/16/2011

    " It was a slow read, but interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Becky | 5/9/2011

    " Had to read this for book club. BORING! I had to treat it like a school assignment to even make it halfway through. Interesting information but written in such a textbook manner as to make it the best cure for insomnia ever! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 5/5/2011

    " I didn't like her writing style or the constant interjections of her opinion. Both things made it hard to read. However, I loved the historical information and some of the smaller side stories of women in our history, especially toward the end of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennie | 4/21/2011

    " Assigned by my book club. The first chapter or so was interesting, but nothing I wanted to lose sleep to read... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 3/27/2011

    " If only I could love the founding fathers MORE for reading this book... But since that isn't happening, I am definitely enjoying learning more about the women who impacted the birth of our great nation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kemmery | 3/24/2011

    " It was a slow read like others have said but definitely worth it. I learned a lot of things I never knew about the women of our country. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Smizler | 3/15/2011

    " Had an interesting premise...but I could not get past the way the book was organized and written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catellis | 3/12/2011

    " Loved reading about the Founding Mothers. So much information I never knew before. Inspiring read for women. Men should read this to gain a new respect for the strength and resiliance of the fairer sex. "

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About the Author
Author Cokie Roberts

Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News and NPR. She has won countless awards and in 2008 was named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters, Founding Mothers, Ladies of Liberty, and, with her husband, the journalist Steven V. Roberts, From This Day Forward and Our Haggadah.