First Mothers

First Mothers

The Women Who Shaped the Presidents

Book - 2000
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First Mothers tells the captivating stories of the mothers who played such large roles in developing the characters of the modern American presidents. Much has been written about First Ladies, but now Bonnie Angelo, a veteran correspondent and bureau chief for Time, has captured the daily lives, thoughts, and feelings of these remarkable mothers and the relationships between them and their sons. Angelo recounts stories of traditional family values nurtured to the fullest, examples that should resonate with today's parents. She blends these women's stories with the texture of their lives and the colorful details of their times, and creates much more than faded daguerreotypes in their family albums. Her enthralling personal anecdotes leap off the page to reveal brilliant, moving lives, up close and personal. Based on dozens of interviews with president-sons and other living relatives of these remarkable women, First Mothers is a richly textured, in-depth look at the lives, the influence, and the patterns that can be identified in the special mother-son relationships that nurtured the modern American presidents -- the last eleven -- to the pinnacle of power. - Jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Morrow, 2000.
Edition: 1st Morrow ed.
ISBN: 9780688156312
Characteristics: x, 451 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm


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Jul 05, 2016

Angelo does a great job portraying the role of the mother in the formation of eleven men who became U.S. presidents in recent years. There is great diversity in the men's background, but the one thing that they have in common is a mother who believed she was raising a very special son. I only wish that there was an updated version that included Barrack Obama.


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