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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (281 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kati Marton Narrator: Jane Alexander Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An extraordinary work of history and original reporting that reveals the ways in which presidential marriages have affected the tone, character, and policies of twelve administrations, from Woodrow and Edith Wilson to George W. and Laura Bush.

Each of the marriages that Kati Marton examines in this hugely appealing book offers up its own unexpected lessons about power and marriage, about the influence of presidential wives, and about the evolution of women’s roles in the twentieth century. Based on private White House documents and on interviews with the participants and with eyewitnesses to presidential events, Hidden Power explores how both the personal dynamics and public faces of White House marriages have shaped our history.

We see Edith Wilson literally running the government when her deeply beloved husband becomes ill; how the combination of Franklin Roosevelt’s reassuring spirit and his wife’s humility guided the country through Depression and war; how Bess Truman’s loyalty, bluntness, and unpretentiousness were some of her husband’s greatest resources; the superb and necessary diplomacy of Jacqueline Kennedy.

We observe Lady Bird Johnson retaining her own compass in the face of massive criticism of her husband; how Patricia Nixon’s estrangement from her husband fed his paranoia; how the Fords reassured us after the debacles of Vietnam and Watergate; Rosalynn Carter’s struggle to carve out new territory as first lady; the generally constructive role Nancy Reagan played, despite her frivolous reputation; the razor-sharp political instincts behind Barbara Bush’s grandmotherly image; how Hillary Clinton saved her husband’s presidency; and how Laura Bush provides emotional ballast for her husband.

Here are the stories of the ultimate power couples—each one very different, but all of them informative, lively, and absolutely fascinating.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary Dommert | 2/20/2014

    " Good, interesting comments about various first ladies "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jessica | 2/11/2014

    " This was an amazing book about some of the most under-rated influential women in history- the wives of the presidents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Julie | 2/10/2014

    " Very interesting and insightful. It wasn't a total page turner for me, but I learned a lot of interesting things about past Presidents and their wives that I had no idea about. I'd recommend it, but just know that it isn't a super fast read. At least for me it wasn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeannie | 2/1/2014

    " I found this book quite fascinating. "

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