NPR reporter Cokie Roberts pays homage to the heroic women whose patriotism and sacrifice helped create our nation. Roberts spotlights early influential women - heroines, reformers, and visionaries all. Narrating with vivid insight, bemused wonder, humor, and a soft Southern accent, Roberts sheds a fresh perspective upon the lives of these strong, brave women, who were captivated by America's birth and political intrigue, even amidst personal hardships. Absence of pauses before and after quotations (mostly from letters), causes some confusion as to what is a quote and what is text. Roberts is an insightful and passionate narrator who delights in her subjects' daily lives, triumphs, outrages, and humor.
Recounted with the insight and humor of an expert storyteller and drawing on personal correspondence, private journals, and other primary sources - many of them previously unpublished - Roberts brings to life the extraordinary accomplishments of women who laid the groundwork for a better society. Almost every quotation here is written by a woman, to a woman, or about a woman.
From first ladies to freethinkers, educators to explorers, this exceptional group includes Abigail Adams, Margaret Bayard Smith, Martha Jefferson, Dolley Madison, Elizabeth Monroe, Louisa Catherine Adams, Eliza Hamilton, Theodosia Burr, Rebecca Gratz, Louisa Livingston, Rosalie Calvert, Sacajawea, and others.
In a much-needed addition to the shelves of Founding Father literature, Roberts sheds new light on the generation of heroines, reformers, and visionaries who helped shape our nation, giving these ladies of liberty the recognition they so greatly deserve.
©2008 Cokie Roberts; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
A terrific listen full of interesting people and their stories. You'll realize how neglected women are in our history books.
I've read bits and pieces of the contributions many women made at the founding of this Country. It was nice to see more of them in one place. I listened, & then bought the book for later reference.
Interesting stories about the founding of our country as told by the founders wives and daughters. It only increased my respect for Dolly Madison.
The fact that women's charitable organizations had unmarried ladies be the treasurer so that a husband couldn't get his hands on their funds.
Almost any scene with Dolly Madison.
Men of vision and women of fortitude.
Cokie Roberts does a great job narrating her work.
I love to travel and train dogs. I can't seem to find the time to sit down and read so I listen while I'm on my way to...well...anywhere!
Seemed more like an outline of the ladies and it was hard to follow. To be fair, I think I was looking for more of a story about the lives of these liberty ladies. Roberts did make the lives of Abigail and Louisa Adams as well as Dolly Madison interesting.
This readys like Cokie is sitting with you telling one anecdote after another, which you may enjoy, but I didn't. I think better seques, or going back adn forth between stories to build some suspense would have made the book better. Lots of trivia.
I'm sure the facts of this book are correct but the monotone voice of Ms. Roberts just put me to sleep. Did not finish this book.
This book was incredibly interesting once I got over the monotonous voice of the author. I would have liked a more engaging narrator, luckily the subject was engaging and I loved the book. The four stars are because the narration took me a while to accept, not for the content of the book.
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