The First Ladies of the United States, by Nicola Gillies

The First Ladies of the United States by Nicola Gillies: Book CoverFinished 12-31-09, rating 3/5, history, pub. 1997

To date, there have been thirty-eight First Ladies, each different, but all possessing to various degrees the values of loyalty, compassion, strength, courage, and faith.

from the Foreword

I have a fascination with politics and people in power.  It is interesting to me to see where they came from, how they got to where they are, and what happens to them once they gain power, whether they sought it or not.  Some of these women were born for the role of First Lady and others did not want the job at all.  A surprising number had health issues that diminished their public role and some even died while in the White House.

This is a small book, with a picture of each woman and a small bio on her life, by small I mean a page for most and two pages for a few.  This book is a great overview for teens or a nice, slight book for the casual reader.  Obviously, its 63 pages do not lead to depth, but it does have some very interesting facts about each of the ladies.  Some Presidents did not have a wife and some had two during their term(s) in office.  On Tuesday, my first quiz of the year will be on the 38 women in the book (Clinton was the last one included) and there is a possibility of one lucky reader to win the book!  So, come back Tuesday for more detailed info on each of the First Ladies.

I chose this book from my personal library because I needed to finish one more book before 2010 to reach my goal of 130 books for 2009 🙂