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Growing Up In 'White' South Africa (Paperback): Neville Herrington Growing Up In 'White' South Africa (Paperback)
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This story of a middle-class white South African family unfolds between the years 1939 and 1964 - a transformative period in South Africa’s political landscape.

It is told through the eyes and experiences of the younger son and his rite of passage into a country of racial segregation that gradually opens his eyes to the many injustices imposed upon the majority of the country’s population, coupled with a realization that his white privileges are sustained at the brutal expense of others.

The Austen Girls - The Story of Jane & Cassandra Austen, the Closest of Sisters (Hardcover): Helen Amy The Austen Girls - The Story of Jane & Cassandra Austen, the Closest of Sisters (Hardcover)
Helen Amy
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Jane and Cassandra Austen were the closest of sisters from early childhood. Cassandra was the most important person in Jane's life; Jane looked up to and adored her older sister, who was devoted to her in return. As well as sharing the same education, interests, friends and Christian faith, the inseparable sisters supported each other through various emotional crises and family troubles. Most importantly, Cassandra, who was privy to Jane's imaginary world, supported and encouraged her in her writing. The Austen Girls explores the lives of the Austen sisters and traces their relationship throughout Jane's life and literary career, until Jane's premature death at the age of forty-one. It also looks at Cassandra's life after the loss of her sister. `I Jane Austen of the Parish of Chawton do ... give and bequeath to my dearest Sister Cassandra Elizabeth every thing of which I may die possessed, or which may be hereafter due to me... I appoint my said dear Sister the Executrix of this my last Will & Testament.' Jane Austen, 27 April 1817. The bequest included the manuscripts of Jane's unpublished and unfinished novels.

The Moment of Lift - How Empowering Women Changes the World (Hardcover): Melinda Gates The Moment of Lift - How Empowering Women Changes the World (Hardcover)
Melinda Gates 1
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"We need this message more than ever" - Malala Yousafzai Melinda Gates's book is a lesson in listening. A powerful, poignant, and ultimately humble call to arms. - Tara Westover, author of Educated The Moment of Lift is an urgent call to courage. - Brene Brown, Ph.D., author of New York Times #1 bestseller Dare to Lead This book is a beautiful and concise mission statement on what we need to do to move society forward- continue to empower women. - Trevor Noah A debut from Melinda Gates, a timely and necessary call to action for women's empowerment. "How can we summon a moment of lift for human beings - and especially for women? Because when you lift up women, you lift up humanity." For the last twenty years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live. Throughout this journey, one thing has become increasingly clear to her: If you want to lift a society up, you need to stop keeping women down. In this moving and compelling book, Melinda shares lessons she's learned from the inspiring people she's met during her work and travels around the world. As she writes in the introduction, "That is why I had to write this book - to share the stories of people who have given focus and urgency to my life. I want all of us to see ways we can lift women up where we live." Melinda's unforgettable narrative is backed by startling data as she presents the issues that most need our attention - from child marriage to lack of access to contraceptives to gender inequity in the workplace. And, for the first time, she writes about her personal life and the road to equality in her own marriage. Throughout, she shows how there has never been more opportunity to change the world - and ourselves. Writing with emotion, candour, and grace, she introduces us to remarkable women and shows the power of connecting with one another. When we lift others up, they lift us up, too.

Treating the Public - Charitable Theater and Civic Health in the Early Modern Atlantic World (Hardcover): Rachael Ball Treating the Public - Charitable Theater and Civic Health in the Early Modern Atlantic World (Hardcover)
Rachael Ball
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Ghosts of Gold Mountain - The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad (Hardcover): Gordon H. Chang Ghosts of Gold Mountain - The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad (Hardcover)
Gordon H. Chang
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Abandoned Villages (Paperback): Stephen Fisk Abandoned Villages (Paperback)
Stephen Fisk
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A lonely ruined church, mysterious bumps in a field, or stone walls visible on the shoreline of a reservoir in high summer: all these are signs of settlements abandoned over the years. Over the centuries many villages in Britain have been abandoned. This book describes the natural and man-made causes, from coastal erosion to the closing of old mines. The author puts together a picture of lost villages when they were at their height and the way of life of their people. In each case the process of abandonment is traced in vivid detail. Evidence from archaeology and historical records is summarised, and for more recent settlements the accounts of former residents are quoted. Abandoned Villagesis fully illustrated with photographs of villages before and after they were abandoned. It will inspire readers to visit the sites of abandoned villages, near home perhaps, or as they travel around Britain. This book is part of the Britain's Heritage series, which provides definitive introductions to the riches of Britain's past, and is the perfect way to get acquainted with the nation's abandoned villages in all their variety.

From Silk to Silicon - The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives (Paperback): Jeffrey E Garten From Silk to Silicon - The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives (Paperback)
Jeffrey E Garten
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Globalisation often seems to be an impersonal and abstract phenomenon. Whether in everyday culture or matters of policy, its force has been experienced as something at once general and monolithic. By contrast, From Silk to Siliconis the first book to tell the history of globalisation through the lens of the people who shaped it. Taking ten extraordinary individuals, this book examines what these men and women did, how they did it, and how their combined will and vision continue to influence our world today. Drawing together their various stories, Jeffrey E. Garten finds the common links between these figures. Placing the individual at the forefront of history, Garten explores some critical issues, including: How does the growing power of international trade affect nations' sovereignty? How much influence can any one person have in transforming our society? He argues that, in our increasingly globalised world, our progress and growth will come to be guided by many more such leaders and innovators. From Silk to Silicon presents a future full of human possibility.

Our Woman in Havana - Reporting Castro's Cuba (Paperback): Sarah Rainsford Our Woman in Havana - Reporting Castro's Cuba (Paperback)
Sarah Rainsford 1
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Graham Greene saw the Castros rise; Sarah Rainsford watched them leave. From the street where Wormold, the hapless hero of Greene's Our Man in Havana, plied his trade, foreign correspondent Rainsford reports on Fidel's reshaping of a nation, and what the future holds for ordinary Cubans now that he and his brother Raul are no longer in power. Through tales of literary ghosts and forgotten reporters, believers in the revolution and dissidents, entrepreneurs optimistic about the new Cuba and the disillusioned still looking for a way out, Our Woman in Havana paints an enthralling picture of this enigmatic country as it enters a new era.

Red Meat Republic - A Hoof-to-Table History of How Beef Changed America (Hardcover): Joshua Specht Red Meat Republic - A Hoof-to-Table History of How Beef Changed America (Hardcover)
Joshua Specht
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How beef conquered America and gave rise to the modern industrial food complex By the late nineteenth century, Americans rich and poor had come to expect high-quality fresh beef with almost every meal. Beef production in the United States had gone from small-scale, localized operations to a highly centralized industry spanning the country, with cattle bred on ranches in the rural West, slaughtered in Chicago, and consumed in the nation (TM)s rapidly growing cities. Red Meat Republic tells the remarkable story of the violent conflict over who would reap the benefits of this new industry and who would bear its heavy costs. Joshua Specht puts people at the heart of his story "the big cattle ranchers who helped to drive the nation (TM)s westward expansion, the meatpackers who created a radically new kind of industrialized slaughterhouse, and the stockyard workers who were subjected to the shocking and unsanitary conditions described by Upton Sinclair in his novel The Jungle. Specht brings to life a turbulent era marked by Indian wars, Chicago labor unrest, and food riots in the streets of New York. He shows how the enduring success of the cattle-beef complex "centralized, low cost, and meatpacker dominated "was a consequence of the meatpackers (TM) ability to make their interests overlap with those of a hungry public, while the interests of struggling ranchers, desperate workers, and bankrupt butchers took a backseat. America "and the American table "would never be the same again. A compelling and unfailingly enjoyable read, Red Meat Republic reveals the complex history of exploitation and innovation behind the food we consume today.

Drug War - The Secret History (Hardcover): Peter Walsh Drug War - The Secret History (Hardcover)
Peter Walsh 1
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The White Album (Paperback): Joan Didion The White Album (Paperback)
Joan Didion
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Joan Didion's hugely influential collection of essays which defines, for many, the America which rose from the ashes of the Sixties. We tell ourselves stories in order to live. The princess is caged in the consulate. The man with the candy will lead the children into the sea. In this now legendary journey into the hinterland of the American psyche, Didion searches for stories as the Sixties implode. She waits for Jim Morrison to show up, visits the Black Panthers in prison, parties with Janis Joplin and buys dresses with Charles Manson's girls. She and her reader emerge, cauterized, from this devastating tour of that age of self discovery into the harsh light of the morning after.

Rebel Rebel - How Mavericks Made the Modern World (Paperback): Chris Sullivan Rebel Rebel - How Mavericks Made the Modern World (Paperback)
Chris Sullivan
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Fed up with blandness? Bored rigid by the dull clock-punchers you work with? Sick of towing the line? If your answer is `yes' to any of these questions, Rebel, Rebel is the book for you. It's a compendium of 60 pieces on outsiders, intended to remind us all that, in this age, where to kowtow is a pre-requisite, where doing what one is told is essential and turning up on time a must, that most of the people/things of lasting significance didn't play by the rules. Like a really good party, it's got musicians (Charlie Mingus, Fela Kuti, Joe Strummer), actors (Louise Brooks, Robert Mitchum, Daniel Day Lewis), artists (Egon Schiele, Man Ray, Jackson Pollock), directors (Fritz Lang, Kenneth Anger, Wong Kar-wai), photographers (Horst, Weegee, David Bailey), DJs (Andrew Weatherall) places (Paris in the Twenties, Muscle Shoals), and things (sunglasses, Levis, the pork pie hat) all of them turning up for one reason: they want to do their own thing in their own way. Not all are heroes - James Brown was a wife-beating misogynist control freak with impossibly bad dress sense after the age of thirty, but by breaking all the rules of music he created a brand new fresh form called funk, and went on to influence more musicians than anyone on earth. Some of the pieces are brand new, some have been published in magazines, but will appear here in their original form, with the life and energy previously cut out by lily-livered editors now fully restored by yours truly. With your help, Rebel Rebel will be a fat, handsome paperback manifesto to keep you amused and inspired for years to come. Keep it in the smallest room. It might help you achieve something, if only notoriety...

A Walking Life - Reclaiming Our Health and Our Freedom One Step at a Time (Hardcover): Antonia Malchik A Walking Life - Reclaiming Our Health and Our Freedom One Step at a Time (Hardcover)
Antonia Malchik
R504 R370 Discovery Miles 3 700 Save R134 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Have you heard? Sitting is the new smoking. We're sitting longer than we ever have before: adults average nine hours of sitting a day, while children spend almost as much time sitting in front of a screen and in school. Driven by a combination of a car-centric culture and an insatiable thirst for productivity and efficiency, we have been designing walking out of our lives for nearly a hundred years--and there's an ever-growing concern and national conversation about our increasingly sedentary lifestyles. But here's the quandary--and it's a big one: If bipedal walking is truly what makes our species human, as paleoanthropologists claim, what does it mean that we no longer walk as much as we used to-that we are designing walking right out of our lives? Delving into a wealth of science, history, and anecdote--from our deepest origins as hominims to our first steps as babies, to universal design and social capital, to walking as protest (from medieval England to Black Lives Matter), to our very concepts of self and community, A Walking Life shows exactly how walking is essential--to how we think, how we grow, how we socialize, how we move, and how deeply reliant our brains and bodies are on this simple pedestrian act.

The American Indian - Past and Present (Paperback, 6th ed.): Roger L. Nichols The American Indian - Past and Present (Paperback, 6th ed.)
Roger L. Nichols
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Widely used in university courses on Native American history through five editions, The American Indian: Past and Present has been thoroughly revised to present an up-to-date view of Indian heritage. This timely anthology brings together pieces written over the last thirty years that represent some of the best scholarship available. The readings offer a broad overview of indigenous peoples of North America from first contact to the present, showing how Indians relied on their cultural strengths and determination to retain their independent identities. These essays trace the ever changing situations of Indians as both tribes and individuals. They bring readers through Native victory and military defeat, relocation, mandatory acculturation, and militant protests to the present era of self-determination, when the meaning of Native identity is sometimes hotly debated.

The Library Book (Paperback, Export/Airside): Susan Orlean The Library Book (Paperback, Export/Airside)
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A New York Times Book of the Year, 2018 A dazzling love letter to a beloved institution - our libraries. After moving to Los Angeles, Susan Orlean became fascinated by a mysterious local crime that has gone unsolved since it was carried out on the morning of 29 April 1986: who set fire to the Los Angeles Public Library, ultimately destroying more than 400,000 books, and perhaps even more perplexing, why? With her characteristic humour, insight and compassion, Orlean uses this terrible event as a lens through which to tell the story of all libraries - their history, their meaning and their uncertain future as they adapt and redefine themselves in a digital world. Filled with heart, passion and extraordinary characters, The Library Book discusses the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives.

A Fistful of Shells - West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to the Age of Revolution (Hardcover): Toby Green A Fistful of Shells - West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to the Age of Revolution (Hardcover)
Toby Green 1
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'Astonishing, staggering ... a book that shakes the received perception of history' Ben Okri, Daily Telegraph A groundbreaking new history that will transform our view of West Africa By the time of the 'Scramble for Africa' in the late nineteenth century, Africa had already been globally connected for many centuries. Its gold had fuelled the economies of Europe and Islamic world since around 1000, and its sophisticated kingdoms had traded with Europeans along the coasts from Senegal down to Angola since the fifteenth century. Until at least 1650, this was a trade of equals, using a variety of currencies - most importantly shells: the cowrie shells imported from the Maldives, and the nzimbu shells imported from Brazil. Toby Green's groundbreaking new book transforms our view of West and West-Central Africa. It reconstructs the world of kingdoms whose existence (like those of Europe) revolved around warfare, taxation, trade, diplomacy, complex religious beliefs, royal display and extravagance, and the production of art. Over time, the relationship between Africa and Europe revolved ever more around the trade in slaves, damaging Africa's relative political and economic power as the terms of monetary exchange shifted drastically in Europe's favour. In spite of these growing capital imbalances, longstanding contacts ensured remarkable connections between the Age of Revolution in Europe and America and the birth of a revolutionary nineteenth century in Africa. A Fistful of Shells draws not just on written histories, but on archival research in nine countries, on art, praise-singers, oral history, archaeology, letters, and the author's personal experience to create a new perspective on the history of one of the world's most important regions.

Our City - Migrants and the Making of Modern Birmingham (Hardcover): Jon Bloomfield Our City - Migrants and the Making of Modern Birmingham (Hardcover)
Jon Bloomfield 1
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Our City: Migrants and the Making of Modern Birmingham explores how one of Britain s major cities has been transformed for the better by its migrant population. Based on original interviews, this book tells the story of fifty migrants to Birmingham from all walks of life: first and second generation; men and women; from thirteen different countries ranging from Ireland to India, Pakistan to Poland, the Caribbean to Somalia. While Brexit and the dangers of Islamist extremism are being used to reassert a closed British identity, these tales of perseverance highlight the variety of migrant experience and provide an antidote to the fear-mongering of the tabloid press. This positive story of integration is all too rarely told, and it offers a firm defense of the principles of equality and increased diversity. Our City shows why mixed, open societies are the way forward for twenty-first-century cities, and how migrants help modern Britain not only survive, but prosper.

Berlin 1936 - Sixteen Days in August (Paperback): Oliver Hilmes Berlin 1936 - Sixteen Days in August (Paperback)
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LONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2018 'Compelling, suspenseful and beautifully done' Anna Funder, author of STASILAND A captivating account of the Nazi Olympics - told through the voices and stories of those who were there. For sixteen days in the summer of 1936, the world's attention turned to the German capital as it hosted the Olympic Games. Seen through the eyes of a cast of characters - Nazi leaders and foreign diplomats, athletes and journalists, nightclub owners and jazz musicians - Berlin 1936 plunges us into the high tension of this unfolding scene. Alongside the drama in the Olympic Stadium - from the triumph of Jesse Owens to the scandal when an American tourist breaks through the security and manages to kiss Hitler - Oliver Hilmes takes us behind the scenes and into the lives of ordinary Berliners: the woman with a dark secret who steps in front of a train, the transsexual waiting for the Gestapo's knock on the door, and the Jewish boy hoping that Germany may lose in the sporting arena. During the sporting events the dictatorship was partially put on hold; here then, is a last glimpse of the vibrant and diverse life in Berlin in the 1920s and 30s that the Nazis aimed to destroy.

The Billionaire Raj (Paperback): James Crabtree The Billionaire Raj (Paperback)
James Crabtree 1
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A Financial Times Book of the Year and an Amazon Top 100 Book of the Year

India’s explosive rise has driven inequality to new extremes, with millions trapped in slums as billionaires spend lavishly and dodge taxes. Controversial prime minister Narendra Modi promised ‘to break the grip’ of the Bollygarchs, but many tycoons continue to thrive amidst the scandals, exerting huge influence over business and politics.

But who are these titans of politics and industry shaping India through this period of breakneck change? And what kind of superpower are they creating?

A vivid portrait of a deeply divided nation, The Billionaire Raj makes clear that India’s destiny – prosperous democratic giant or corrupt authoritarian regime – is something that should concern us all.

Peoples of the Plateau - The Indian Photographs of Lee Moorhouse, 1898-1915 (Paperback, New): Steven L Grafe Peoples of the Plateau - The Indian Photographs of Lee Moorhouse, 1898-1915 (Paperback, New)
Steven L Grafe; Foreword by Paula Richardson Fleming
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The remarkable photographs in Peoples of the Plateau capture the lives of Pacific Northwest Indians at the turn of the twentieth century--and at a turning point in their own history. This first major examination of photographer Lee Moorhouse and his work is lavishly illustrated with 104 b&w photographs.

Craic Baby - Dispatches from a Rising Language (Paperback): Darach O'Seaghdha Craic Baby - Dispatches from a Rising Language (Paperback)
Darach O'Seaghdha 1
R187 R149 Discovery Miles 1 490 Save R38 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

From the author of the bestselling Motherfocloir, Non-fiction Irish Book of the Year. A TLS BOOK OF THE YEAR. What do we talk about when we talk about Irish? When we talk about saving or supporting a language do we mean the musical combination of syllables, or something more profound? How do new words enter a language, and what is the relationship between that strange dialect called Hiberno-English and its parent language? Craic Baby picks up exactly where Motherfocloir left off and explores the very new and very old parts of the Irish language from a personal perspective. While Motherfocloir was steeped in memory and a father-son relationship, Craic Baby hinges on the beginnings of a father-daughter relationship, and how watching a child learn to communicate changes how you think about language. Craic Baby will share more Irish words and issues connected to the language, in the same style as Motherfocloir, but treated with greater confidence and more depth.

The Life and Times of a Very British Man (Paperback): Kamal Ahmed The Life and Times of a Very British Man (Paperback)
Kamal Ahmed 1
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'Full of charm' GUARDIAN

'An account of what being British means'

'Captures a country in transition ... You can't fail to be moved' THE TIMES

Kamal Ahmed's childhood was very 'British' in every way - except for the fact that he was brown. Half English, half Sudanese, he was raised at a time when being mixed-race meant being told to go home, even when you were born just down the road.

'Ahmed grew up as a mixed-race kid in west London in the seventies, and his book charts the progress (sometimes slow and now without a few setbacks along the way) that our country has made on race issues since then. Brilliant' Rohan Silva, Evening Standard

Our New Mexico - A Twentieth Century History (Paperback): Calvin A. Roberts Our New Mexico - A Twentieth Century History (Paperback)
Calvin A. Roberts; Edited by Lincoln Bramwell, Sonia Dickey
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New Mexico's history since statehood in 1912 is presented in eleven chapters and organized into sections, each with a brief overview of a period or a topic. Each section of narrative text is followed by excerpts from books by experts on these topics. "Our New Mexico" has two goals: to help students learn more about New Mexicos history over the past one hundred years, and to guide students to apply critical thinking skills. The book introduces three themes important in New Mexico's past, present, and futureresources, culture, and continuity amid change.

Supplementary teacher/student materials (activities, tests, etc.) will be distributed with class text orders of 20 or more books on CD (ISBN 0-8263-4009-1). Additional CDs will be available for $10 each.

This text was developed with the guidance of the New Mexico Public Education Department to meet the benchmarks for the half-unit high school course in New Mexico history.

Educational consultant on the book: Midge Y. Arthur, M.A.
Educational consultant on the teacher/student materials: Laura Sanchez-Brown, M.A.

No Word for Time - The Way of the Algonquin (Paperback): Evan Pritchard No Word for Time - The Way of the Algonquin (Paperback)
Evan Pritchard
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No Word for Time has garnered superlatives from reviewers and influentual Native American figures, who have declared it one of the finest books on Native American spirituality ever written. Evan Pritchard, a descendent of a Micmac chief, aimed to learn more about his own native traditions through studying the language of the Algonquin, the key to their worldview: "They don't write in metaphor, they speak it; they don't recite poetry, they live it". The tribes collectively named "Algonquin" once occupied large stretches of North America, and their influence on our culture is vast. This edition includes a new index and afterword, and a beautiful new cover.

First Ladies - The Ever Changing Role, from Martha Washington to Melania Trump (Paperback, 5th Revised edition): Betty Boyd... First Ladies - The Ever Changing Role, from Martha Washington to Melania Trump (Paperback, 5th Revised edition)
Betty Boyd Caroli
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Betty Boyd Caroli's engrossing and informative First Ladies is both a captivating read and an essential resource for anyone interested in the role of America's First Ladies. Caroli observes the role as it has shifted and evolved from ceremonial backdrop to substantive world figure. This expanded and updated fifth edition presents Caroli's keen political analysis and astute observations of recent developments in First Lady history, including Melania Trump's reluctance to take on the mantle and former First Lady Hilary Clinton's recent run for president. Caroli here contributes a new preface and updated chapters. Covering all forty-five women from Martha Washington to Melania and Ivanka Trump and including the daughters, daughters-in-law, and sisters of presidents who served as First Ladies, Caroli explores each woman's background, marriage, and accomplishments and failures in office. This remarkable lot included Abigail Adams, whose "remember the ladies" became a twentieth-century feminist refrain; Jane Pierce, who prayed her husband would lose the election; Helen Taft, who insisted on living in the White House, although her husband would have preferred a judgeship; Eleanor Roosevelt, who epitomized the politically involved First Lady; and Pat Nixon, who perfected what some have called "the robot image." They ranged in age from early 20s to late 60s; some received superb educations for their time, while others had little or no schooling. Including the courageous and adventurous, the ambitious, and the reserved, these women often did not fit the traditional expectations of a presidential helpmate. First Ladies is an engaging portrait of how each First Lady changed the role and how the role changed in response to American culture. These women left remarkably complete records, and their stories offer us a window through which to view not only this particular sorority of women, but also the role of American woman in general.

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