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3.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 5 3.94 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cokie Roberts Narrator: Cokie Roberts Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9780061262630
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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storyteller and drawing on personal correspondence, private journals, and other primary sources—many of them previously unpublished—Roberts brings to life the extraordinary accomplishments of women who laid the groundwork for a better society.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.”

    AudioFile

  • 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 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 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 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 Christy | 1/31/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cara | 1/30/2014

    " I actually like this better than the first Cokie Roberts book dedicated to these amazing women. Highly recommend reading these as they are a great refresher of American history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 1/30/2014

    " This is a fascinating look behind the scenes at early American political life, from the first ladies' and other prominent women's perspective. It reads like a novel, and you learn so many interesting tidbits that you won't want to put it down. You do not have to be a history buff to thoroughly enjoy this excellent book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 1/20/2014

    " I really wish that Cokie Roberts would do more books like this. She's a great commentator and a good researcher who finds the details that make these historical figures seem human instead of larger than life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 The Vestiges | 1/20/2014

    " Cokie Roberts makes history accessible. Ladies of Liberty is structurally better than Founding Mothers, but both are solid introductions to women who have been largely forgotten in the history of the United States. I'm grateful that Roberts has devoted the energy to researching and highlighting these important women. Serious students of women's history will find them lacking in depth, but Roberts books are cordial introductions to the field for the casual reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/5/2014

    " Great read for history buffs. Not much has changed in the world of politics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sofia | 1/3/2014

    " Excellent! Especially as read by Ms. Cokie Roberts herself. Aside from her occasional odd pronunciations (Saca-goo-wea, anyone?), it's a thrilling look at the post-Founding Mothers era. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 12/31/2013

    " a great perspective on american revolutionary history "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina Liparini | 12/31/2013

    " I hardly ever read non-fiction and this book was hard to put down. I learned a lot about the influential women in early American history, and the book's gossipy feel drew me in. I am looking to read other works by Cokie Roberts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meg | 12/14/2013

    " Excellent look at American political history through the eyes of women in developing Washington. Well-researched and presented "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/3/2013

    " Library e-book Haven't read Founding Mothers (on waiting list) This is continuation with Abigail Adams thru John Q Adams wife, Lucille with other prominent ladies of the time period. Learn much more of American History this way than in HS! Maybe just more interested? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 3/14/2013

    " Check out my other Cokie Roberts review - same deal "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 11/17/2012

    " Cokie Roberts was very informative, particularly about the women of the Adams' family. She also had lots of material about Dolly Madison and her contributions. This book was both informative and entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 11/1/2012

    " How interesting it is to look back at the women who helped to shape the politic of this country. Interesting stories about the times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 6/27/2012

    " History of the Revolution that included some remarkable women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean Reed | 6/1/2012

    " Interesting profiles of women in American history who are seldom heard of or written about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 4/27/2012

    " it was interesting to learn about our nation's past and the women who had some influence on its start. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alisa Buchanan | 3/28/2012

    " Fantastic! A fascinating telling of early U.S. history told from a woman's point of view. I loved reading about the strong personalities and intelligent women that helped found America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 1/25/2012

    " Great read. Not as wonderful as Founding Mothers, but well worth the time to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rayma | 7/30/2011

    " A great insight to the women who helped shape our nation! Cokie really did some intensive research. My favorite first lady was Dolly Madison. "

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

    " Not nearly as interesting a read as Founding Mothers, but educational nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marian | 3/11/2011

    " Fun to read, with incredible detail. Every woman should read it --every man too, but they probably won't! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carey | 2/27/2011

    " If you like history, read it. If not, pass "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alisa | 1/11/2011

    " Fantastic! A fascinating telling of early U.S. history told from a woman's point of view. I loved reading about the strong personalities and intelligent women that helped found America.
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 1/7/2011

    " I admit it... I didn't finish it. The haphazard organization, lack of white space, and general lack of excitement did me in. Well, the bits of gossip over whose bosoms were bared at which ball were mildly amusing, but I just couldn't stick with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 1/6/2011

    " it was interesting to learn about our nation's past and the women who had some influence on its start. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 11/29/2010

    " Check out my other Cokie Roberts review - same deal "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jayna | 11/27/2010

    " The stories sort of got away from the author- but still, the history of women is always interesting for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 10/18/2010

    " I enjoyed this book on CD read by the author. I learned a lot about the women of influence in the early years of our nation. And I owe a great debt of gratitude to them for the efforts they made for women's rights that other women after them took up and moved forward. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 9/27/2010

    " Great history of our founding mothers. :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 9/22/2010

    " A wonderful look at the history of our nation showcasing the women who were behind so much of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacob | 9/4/2010

    " So glad I read this book. As a clear sequel from "Founding Mothers" this book continued the story of America's greatest women after the time of the revolution when the country was shaping into a nation. The story was complete and enlightening. "

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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.