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First Mothers: The Women Who Shaped the Presidents | Bonnie Angelo
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Bonnie Angelo, a veteran reporter and writer for Time, has captured the daily lives, thoughts, and feelings of the remarkable women who played such a large role in developing the characters of the modern American presidents. From formidably aristocratic Sara Delano Roosevelt to diehard Democrat Martha Truman, champion athlete Dorothy Bush, and hard-living Virginia Clinton Kelley, Angelo blends these women's stories with the texture of their lives and with colorful details of their times. First Mothers is an in-depth look at the special mother-son relationships that nurtured and helped propel the last twelve American presidents to the pinnacle of power.
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This was a Book Club choice and it was perfect timing for Mothers‘s Day! A chapter dedicated to each US President‘s mother from FDR to Clinton. A focus on the positive (which many of the group did not like! 🤔) As for me, I enjoyed the glimpse into their lives and found it inspiring! Two of my favorites were Lillian Carter (top photo)and Dorothy Walker Bush. Reading was taught at an early age and books were a major part of their lives. #nonfiction

Crazeedi Looks like a great book! 6mo
DivineDiana @Crazeedi The author worked for Time magazine and did extensive research. 6mo
MicheleinPhilly Are you in a book club with a bunch of grumps? 😉 6mo
DivineDiana @MicheleinPhilly I wouldn‘t say that exactly. 🙂 You know, the types that want the good, the bad and the ugly. Rose Kennedy was repeatedly attacked as not being a good mother. (edited) 6mo
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The influence of Rebekah Baines Johnson‘s commitment to education resulted in the Education Act of 1965. President Johnson‘s comments to a group of educators included, “I am glad in our time we are talking about how to improve the soul and improve the mind and improve the body and to live and learn and expand.”

Izai.Amorim A bygone era, when the US government tried hard to improve people‘s lives... 7mo
DivineDiana @Izai.Amorim Exactly what I thought. 7mo
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Current Book Club read. Written in 2000. Starts with FDR and ends with Clinton. Very interesting!

Kaye Good to see more NF books ! 7mo
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