Rating The First Ladies: The Women Who Influenced the Presidency

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- Laura Bush's profile will be updated for this edition. - New ratings of the first ladies based on the 2003 Siena College Research Institute Poll. - The First Ladies National Historic Site is in Canton, Ohio. - The author is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times.

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Beginning with Martha Washington, First Ladies have influenced world events, shaped domestic policies, had their hand in political campaigns, and hired and fired Cabinet officials. They have also held White House seances, consulted astrologers, taken bribes, and abused power. Their importance has only recently begun to be appreciated and understood. In "Rating the First Ladies," journalist and Washington insider John Roberts examines these private women in the public eye, measuring their effectiveness with a rating system developed by the Siena Research Institute.

From the top-ranked Eleanor Roosevelt to last-placed Mary Lincoln, Roberts looks at the way each First Lady has used her unelected power to shape her husband's administration and political destiny, further his causes, and in many cases, promote her own. Roberts shows them as ambitious, ambivalent, idealistic, greedy, egotistical, and selfless, in biographical essays that make for compelling and surprising reading."

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"Just as Ginger Rogers matched Fred Astaire step for step, except she did it backwards and on high-heels, the First Ladies who serve as political partners in the White House have an equally daunting role to perform. Some have done better than others, and John Roberts shows us why. His analyses are informed by historical context and filled with delicious, gossipy details that make this book both a valuable research tool and a great read." Eleanor Clift, contributing editor, Newsweek.

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