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Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation | [Cokie Roberts]

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation

Cokie returns with Founding Mothers, an intimate look at the passionate women whose tireless pursuits on behalf of their families and country proved just as crucial to the forging of a new nation as the rebellion that established it.
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Publisher's Summary

Cokie Roberts's #1 New York Times best seller We Are Our Mothers' Daughters examined the nature of women's roles throughout history and led USA Today to praise her as a "custodian of time-honored values." Her second best seller, From This Day Forward, written with her husband, Steve Roberts, described American marriages throughout history. Now Cokie returns with Founding Mothers, an intimate look at the passionate women whose tireless pursuits on behalf of their families and country proved just as crucial to the forging of a new nation as the rebellion that established it.

Roberts reveals the often surprising stories of these fascinating women, bringing to life the everyday trials of individuals like Abigail Adams, Mercy Otis Warren, Eliza Pinckney, Mary Bartlett, and Martha Washington, proving that without our exemplary women, the new country might have never survived.

Social history at its best, Founding Mothers unveils the determination, creative insight, and passion of the other patriots, the women who raised our nation. Cokie Roberts proves beyond doubt that like every generation of American women that has followed, the founding mothers used the unique gifts of their gender (courage, pluck, sadness, joy, energy, grace, sensitivity, and humor) to do what women do best, put one foot in front of the other in remarkable circumstances, and carry on.

©2004 Cokie Roberts; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Roberts's style is delightfully intimate and confiding....In addition to telling wonderful stories, Roberts also presents a very readable, serviceable account of politics (male and female) in early America. If only our standard history textbooks were written with such flair!" (Publishers Weekly)
"Roberts offers a much-needed look at the unheralded sacrifices and heroism of colonial women." (Booklist)
"She [Roberts] creates a strong, though perhaps overstated, case that without the patriotism of women on the home front, the Colonies would have lost the Revolutionary War....A series of entertaining minibiographies and engaging vignettes." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Jody R. Nathan Tulsa, OK USA 06-03-04
    Jody R. Nathan Tulsa, OK USA 06-03-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Interesting, but not engrossing"

    I found these stories interesting, but not compelling. What I found most interesting was the relationships between the ladies mentioned in this book. But, it was a little hard to follow, and I put it down several times. I enjoyed the author's reading. But I was not inspired to find out any more about these women, which was surprising to me, since I very much like American history.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany Gilbert, AZ, USA 05-22-05
    Tiffany Gilbert, AZ, USA 05-22-05
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    "Roberts Successful Again"

    For an individual who has lived her life with much hard-earned success, Roberts does it again with this heartfelt tribute to some of her hard working predecessors. Through her articulate reading it is conveyed to the reader that Roberts has developed an emotional interest in the amazing women she has brought to consciousness. Overall, what another great gift Roberts has shared with the nation.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    04-15-07
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    "Founding Mothers"

    This was a refreshing perspective on the formation of our country. After reading "Benjamin Frankin", "John Adams", and "Alexander Hamilton" it was nice to read a book about the women behind the men.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Josephine san antonio, TX, USA 01-02-05
    Josephine san antonio, TX, USA 01-02-05
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    "Could have been good"

    Don't waste your time. It could have been a great story, but Cokie read it so fast I missed half of it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Misha 07-30-04
    Misha 07-30-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Historic Women as historic WOMEN"

    First of all, what a treat to hear Cokie Roberts read her book herself. It is a cliche that behind great men stand great women. But these are not romanticized tales of women engaged in heroic deeds. It is one thing to strike out and create an independent life for yourself, it is something completely different to be placed in extreme circumstances by your spouse, with the expectation that you will cope (because that was what women did). As Cokie Roberts says when describing her research on the book, these few stories survive because these women were married to famous men. Women's stories were not considered very important or interesting. With these few examples, during colonial and revolutionary times, what must the lives of the thousands of other wives been like.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Kenner, LA, United States 06-03-08
    Michael Kenner, LA, United States 06-03-08
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    "Founding Mothers"

    Very interesting and informative. Nice to see the mothers being given credit for their part in history. Moving from one mother so quickly to another, especially many that I had never heard of, made the information hard to assimilate. I think I have already forgotten too many names. I probably should buy the book in order to refer back for the information. The anecdotes were interesting and, yes, even fun to read.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    CH 02-26-05
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    "excellent!"

    She brings these ladies to life. Showcases their strength, dedication, and courage, inspite of the era of inequality they lived in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda Redlands, CA, United States 07-03-12
    Melinda Redlands, CA, United States 07-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The title doesn't go with the book."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    not really...maybe someone who was really into facts about the MEN and women of the New Nation.


    What was most disappointing about Cokie Roberts’s story?

    It was just fact after fact in a random manner. It was difficult to keep up with unfamiliar names. Also I felt it told more about the men than the women.


    Could you see Founding Mothers being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


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    Gustella Yucca Valley, CA, United States 01-02-12
    Gustella Yucca Valley, CA, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Great read"

    There would be no founding fathers if were not for these courageous group of women. Educational and entertaining. Well read by Ms Roberts.

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    01-01-08
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    "Founding Mothers"

    I found this book to be very intriquing and entertaining. Cokie Roberts did an excellent job researching and telling the story of so many of our beloved historic mothers!

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