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The revised and updated edition, including all-new information on Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Betty Ford America's first ladies have captured the hearts of the citizens of our country ever since its humble beginnings. This newly updated edition of The First Ladies Fact Book is a comprehensive, fascinating, and intimate look at the life of each first la The revised and updated edition, including all-new information on Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Betty Ford America's first ladies have captured the hearts of the citizens of our country ever since its humble beginnings. This newly updated edition of The First Ladies Fact Book is a comprehensive, fascinating, and intimate look at the life of each first lady from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama. Each profile includes a portrait, key biographical information, and several additional photographs. Among the topics covered are childhood and upbringing, early marriage years, the path to the White House, hobbies, career, style of dress, and decorating preferences. Find out which first lady: had the most children • served as a delegate to the United Nations • was accused of looting the White House • was a professional dancer • or never cooked a meal. Packed with information and surprising facts, The First Ladies Fact Book combines the breadth of a textbook with the intimacy of a biography. And don't forget to pick-up the companion title, The President's Fact Book -- Revised and Updated (978-1-57912-889-0), also available by Black Dog & Leventhal.


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The revised and updated edition, including all-new information on Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Betty Ford America's first ladies have captured the hearts of the citizens of our country ever since its humble beginnings. This newly updated edition of The First Ladies Fact Book is a comprehensive, fascinating, and intimate look at the life of each first la The revised and updated edition, including all-new information on Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Betty Ford America's first ladies have captured the hearts of the citizens of our country ever since its humble beginnings. This newly updated edition of The First Ladies Fact Book is a comprehensive, fascinating, and intimate look at the life of each first lady from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama. Each profile includes a portrait, key biographical information, and several additional photographs. Among the topics covered are childhood and upbringing, early marriage years, the path to the White House, hobbies, career, style of dress, and decorating preferences. Find out which first lady: had the most children • served as a delegate to the United Nations • was accused of looting the White House • was a professional dancer • or never cooked a meal. Packed with information and surprising facts, The First Ladies Fact Book combines the breadth of a textbook with the intimacy of a biography. And don't forget to pick-up the companion title, The President's Fact Book -- Revised and Updated (978-1-57912-889-0), also available by Black Dog & Leventhal.

30 review for The First Ladies Fact Book -- Revised and Updated: The Childhoods, Courtships, Marriages, Campaigns, Accomplishments, and Legacies of Every First Lady from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jdetrick

    I think the most remarkable thing about this book is how non-partisan it is. The author manages to take the side of every First Lady, always portraying them (and their husbands) in the most positive light. It's honestly rather refreshing. It's usually a well written book, although there are a few minor mistakes. Still, it's very well done. I think the most remarkable thing about this book is how non-partisan it is. The author manages to take the side of every First Lady, always portraying them (and their husbands) in the most positive light. It's honestly rather refreshing. It's usually a well written book, although there are a few minor mistakes. Still, it's very well done.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This was a very informative book. I learned a lot about the First Ladies, as well as, their president husbands, the evolution of their roles in our government, and the government itself. We tend to think that things have always been the way they are now, but our country's government has undergone numerous changes. Some that stand out to me are the way campaigning has changed, how the White House has changed,and how security has changed for our Presidents and First Ladies. Who knew that president This was a very informative book. I learned a lot about the First Ladies, as well as, their president husbands, the evolution of their roles in our government, and the government itself. We tend to think that things have always been the way they are now, but our country's government has undergone numerous changes. Some that stand out to me are the way campaigning has changed, how the White House has changed,and how security has changed for our Presidents and First Ladies. Who knew that presidents did not campaign for themselves for a second term? The vice-president and others did it, so he could continue to do his job as president without interference. Some presidents campaigned from their own front porches, and people came there to hear what they had to say. Early first ladies did not play an active role in campaigning, like they do today. The general role of the first lady was as White House hostess, but many took a more active role in advising their husbands, or providing information. Today the First Lady often has her own cause or agenda. The White House has undergone numerous changes. Sometimes the redecorating or remodeling was done at the expense of the president and his wife. Congress often had to approve the use of government money for White House updates. The living quarters and office areas for the President and First Lady seems to change with each new administration. Other than learning about the changes over time, I especially enjoyed learning about the first ladies from my lifetime. There was so much I didn't know, although I was familiar with them. As for security, it became mandatory after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. It has spread to include the First Lady and the President's children, as well as, former presidents and first ladies. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn about the history of our government from a unique viewpoint. It's also more of an encyclopedia, and can be read by chapter, and not necessarily in order.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Justlesa Hall

    There's a lot of information in this book about the first ladies and I really enjoyed learning. The typos were a little distracting and the last chapter, alot of the wording, felt very bias. Biggest take away from this: The White House gets filthy. There's a lot of information in this book about the first ladies and I really enjoyed learning. The typos were a little distracting and the last chapter, alot of the wording, felt very bias. Biggest take away from this: The White House gets filthy.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    Cute coffee table book. Love the stories surrounding the first ladies and the pictures are nice too.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christine Martin-Arrington

    I found this book interesting. I did not know a lot of things about the First Lady of all the presidents.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    I love books about history. And i think you would really enjoy this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Emily Rabecca

    this was a very interesting book!! if you love history and learning about amazing women than pick this up!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Eric and Lucie

    Fascinating... Love the pictures and the stories behind "the story." Fascinating... Love the pictures and the stories behind "the story."

  9. 4 out of 5

    Shirley

    Very interesting, although sometimes equally disturbing, look at a long line of first ladies and the challenges they faced.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shirley

    tidbits from the most popular first lady to the most hermit like

  11. 5 out of 5

    Abi

    Lots of typos

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Very interesting read. I learned a lot of things I never knew.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tracie

  14. 5 out of 5

    Doodle

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lucye

  16. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

  17. 4 out of 5

    Maryellen Winn

  18. 5 out of 5

    Keith Haley

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carol Armstrong

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lucianna

  21. 4 out of 5

    John Spence

  22. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

  23. 4 out of 5

    The Pike family

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ann Lucas

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Cannon

  29. 4 out of 5

    Carol Graham

  30. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

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