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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (784 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cokie Roberts Narrator: Cokie Roberts Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 bestselling 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storyteller and drawing on personal correspondence, private journals, and other primary sources—many of them previously unpublished—Roberts brings to life the extraordinary accomplishments of women who laid the groundwork for a better society.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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Quotes & Awards

  • “This addition to [Cokie Roberts’] impromptu series of feminist histories is a biographical narrative about American women who worked hard for causes including the abolition of slavery, the protection of orphans, and educational reform. A gift for mothers, daughters, sisters, or men who appreciate them.”

    BarnesandNoble.com, editorial review

  • “Roberts, a veteran Washington journalist and the daughter of former representative Lindy Boggs and the late Hale Boggs, the powerful congressman from Louisiana, is perfectly placed to observe the ins and outs of Washington women. But a note of caution: If you expect a feminist ‘herstory’ with an ideological bent, you’ll be disappointed. However, if you love gossipy history, with lively quotes from primary sources (these ladies were fabulous correspondents!), then you’ll enjoy this book.”

    Washington Post

  • “In this entertaining follow-up to 2004’s Founding Mothers: The Women who Raised Our Nation, Roberts recounts the lives of first ladies, and their associates, from the John and Abigail Adams White House up through Monroe’s 1818-1825 term…With a little-seen perspective and fascinating insight into the culture of the day, this is popular history done right.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Roberts is an insightful and passionate reader who delights in her subjects’ daily lives, triumphs, outrages, and humor.”


  • An Audie Award Finalist
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • Audio Publisher’s Association “Audie” Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by J | 2/19/2014

    " Even though women have only been voting since 1920, they've been involved in and influencing politics since the founding of our nation. "Ladies of Liberty" covers the period starting with John Adams's presidency to that of his son, John Quincy Adams and focuses on the first ladies and other important women of that time. So much politics happened in the drawing rooms and at dinner parties of Washington's elite, and it was the women who made it happen. Louisa Adams (John Quincy's wife) entertained over 100 people every Tuesday evening at her political soirees! Author Cokie Roberts, who also reads the audio version, uses a lot of primary source material, namely personal letters, to paint a vivid picture of this volatile time in our history. Good stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stacy | 2/17/2014

    " A wonderful and engaging history of the women who were instrumental in the development of our nation...I couldn't put it down! What women! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kimberly | 2/4/2014

    " Cokie Roberts is an excellent writer. I enjoy historical writing and Roberts draws on actual letters and documents written during the time post-American revolution up through the beginning of John Quincy Adam's presidency--in 1825. From a Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison to Louisa Adams, it's an amazing thing to read about how in so many ways we're connected to our past. The thought of these women and their families traveling across the sea to Russia, London, France and Sweden astounds me. It's well worth reading if you enjoy history and, in particular, the important role that women played in the success of their husbands...something we know is true but we rarely hear about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Christy | 1/31/2014

    " Great info, difficult to read if you don't like nonfiction. "

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