Secret Lives of the First Ladies: What Your Teachers Never Told You about the Women of the White House (Paperback)

What Your Teachers Never Told You about the Women of the White House

By Cormac O'Brien, Monika Suteski (Illustrator)

Quirk Books, 9781594744327, 303pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2009

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Description

Scandals, Seduction, Addiction, Adultery, Horrific Fashions--And the White House? ?

Your high school history teachers never gave you a book like this one Secret Lives of the First Ladies features outrageous and uncensored profiles of the women of the White House--complete with hundreds of little-known, politically incorrect, and downright wacko facts. You'll discover that:

- Dolley Madison loved to chew tobacco
- Mary Todd Lincoln conducted seances on a regular basis
- Eleanor Roosevelt and Ellen Wilson both carried guns
- Jacqueline Kennedy spent $121,000 on her wardrobe in a single year
- Betty Ford liked to chat on CB radios--her handle was "First Mama"
- Hillary Clinton dreamed of being an astronaut
- And much, much more

With chapters on every woman who's ever made it to the White House, Secret Lives of the First Ladies tackles all of the tough questions that other history books are afraid to ask: How many of these women owned slaves? Which ones were cheating on their husbands? And why was Eleanor Roosevelt serving hot dogs to the King and Queen of England? American history was never this much fun in school.


About the Author

Cormac O'Brien is also the author of Secret Lives of the First Ladies and Secret Lives of the Civil War. He lives in New Jersey.
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