First Families

The Impact of the White House on Their Lives

by Bonnie Angelo

On Sale: 02/27/2007

First Families

The Impact of the White House on Their Lives

by Bonnie Angelo

On Sale: 02/27/2007

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About the Book

What is it like to be America's First Family? In this wonderfully engaging book, Bonnie Angelo, Time correspondent and acclaimed author of First Mothers, probes two hundred years of American history to tell the story of real life within the White House walls—how presidents, their wives, children, and extended families worked to create a home in an imposing national monument while attempting to keep their private lives from the public domain.

First Families chronicles exhilarating moments as well as dark days at the nation's most famous address, with fascinating, behind-the-headline accounts of picture-book weddings, gossipy love affairs, rollicking children, domestic squabbles, and tragic deaths. From activist wives Eleanor Roosevelt and Hillary Clinton to reluctant occupants Bess Truman and Jacqueline Kennedy, to those such as Mary Todd Lincoln, Dolley Madison, and madcap debutante Alice Roosevelt, who embraced their new address and status, here is an unforgettable human portrait of our First Families and how they coped, stumbled, or thrived in the national spotlight.

Critical Praise

“A sweeping panorama of family life on Pennsylvania Avenue.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060563585
  • ISBN 10: 0060563583
  • Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • On Sale: 02/27/2007
  • Pages: 368
  • List Price:21.00 CAD
  • BISAC1 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Presidents & Heads of State
  • BISAC2 : HISTORY / United States / 21st Century
  • BISAC3 : HISTORY / United States / 20th Century

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