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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,849 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cokie Roberts Narrator: Cokie Roberts Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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While much has been written about the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, battled the British, and framed the Constitution, the wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters they left behind have been little noticed by history. Roberts brings us the women who fought the Revolution as valiantly as the men, often defending their very doorsteps. While the men went off to war or to Congress, the women managed their businesses, raised their children, provided them with political advice, and made it possible for the men to do what they did. The behind the scenes influence of these women, and their sometimes very public activities, was intelligent and pervasive.

Drawing upon personal correspondence, private journals, and even favored recipes, Roberts reveals the often surprising stories of these fascinating women, bringing to life the everyday trials and extraordinary triumphs of individuals like Abigail Adams, Mercy Otis Warren, Deborah Read Franklin, Eliza Pinckney, Catherine Littlefield Green, Esther DeBerdt Reed, and Martha Washington, proving without our exemplary women, the new country might never have survived.

Social history at its best, Founding Mothers unveils the drive, determination, creative insight, and passion of the other patriots, the women who raised our nation. Roberts proves beyond a 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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  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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