Will be biographies of far Weight And Substance Yet As and substance Yet as introduction to these women The book meets its aim Having read numerous biographies on the men from this ra I was The Bionic Woman Volume 1 eager to read about the female side of things I should have read something by a better writer with knowledge on historical mattersIn Founding Mothers The Women Who Raised Our Nation Cokie Roberts often gets her facts slightly askew That s not a good thing in a history book It leads one to uestion the validity ofverything the author says If relaying factual information isn t the historian s number one priority what is Too often Roberts stops the flow to say See women did just as important things as the men back then too I don t doubt that they did In fact that is precisely why I picked this book I ve read #enough about the washingtons adamses and jeffersons i #about the Washingtons Adamses and Jeffersons I to hear about the Theres a Sheep in My Bathtub eually strong womenThe courageous women of our nation s founding Abigail Adams Mercy Otis Warren Margaret Captain Molly Corbin and young Sybil Ludington deserve better I don t feel that drawing attention to historical ineuities of man vs woman in this case served these women as well as if the writer were to just state the facts and let the actions of the women speak for themselvesAll in all Founding Mothers was not horrible but a disappointment in thend However that won t keep me from seeking something better on the same subject Recommendations are welcome While the men were busy founding the nation what were the women up to Aside from Betsy Ross I don t remember Queen of Roses ever hearing about women as a child By the way some of Ross s descendants still insist that she did in fact sew that first flag My courses in American history provided me with a glimpse of Martha Washington s bravery at Valley Forge and gave a brief account of Dolley Madison s daring rescue of the portrait of George Washington as the British marched on the White House When the modern feminist movement bloomed in the 1960 s women started passing around Abigail Adams s famous advice to John and his colleagues in Philadelphia to remember the ladies That was about itAs I read through the letters of John and Abigail Adams and became and fascinated with her life I grew curious about the other women who had thears of the Founding Fathers These women lived through The Tell-Tale Heart extraordinary times and must it seemed to me havextraordinary tales to tell Now I know they do It s safe to say that most of the men who wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution fought the Revolution and formed the government couldn t have done it without the women And it was the women who by insisting that the men come together for civilized conversations at dinner parties in the The Squirm Files early republic helped keep the fragile new country from falling into fatal partisan discord The women made the men behave Cokie RobertsInjoyed this book than I was xpecting Far from being a boring history book Roberts breathes life
into these great women Not only does this talk about the women but it fills in the these great women Not only does this talk about the women but it fills in the of The Revolutionary War good because I think I slept through this part of history class At times hard to put down She s a poor journalistcommentator and a worse writer What could have been a fascinating read the title is great was presented in a boring sophomoric style Her prose is bad the content is mere filler of cute stories of women doing very little and she doesn t stay on the subject Those who gave this high marks in their review surely have lost their abilities for critical thought This repetitive plodding clip job is really the result of a popular hack trying to cash in with as little work as possible With the death of Cokie Roberts this week I checked to see if I had read all of her books I discovered I had missed this oneThe book is well written and researched The problem is the lack of information on many of the women xcept for Abigail Adams In this period women had no rights and few were Phases of the Moon educated so little information about them was recorded The Adams family was anxception as they were ducated including the women and were prolific letter writers and diary recorders Some of the women covered in this book besides Abigail Adams are Dolly Madison Martha Washington Mary Barlett Esther Burr and Sarah Livingston Jay The book is a fast asy read and provides a glimpse of life in the 1700sI read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible The book is six hours and forty three minutes Cokie Roberts narrated her own book Roberts was a pioneer television broadcaster journalist. N favoured recipes Roberts reveals the often surprising stories of these fascinating women bringing to life the The Gutbucket Quest everyday trials andxtraordinary triumphs of individuals like Abigail Adams Mercy Otis Warren Deborah Read Franklin Eliza Pinckney Catherine Littlefield Green Esther DeBerdt Reed and Martha Washington–proving that without our xemplary women the new country might have never surviv. I wanted to like this
book My sister in law raved about it so I picked it up from the My sister in law raved about it so I picked it up from the and settled in Perhaps it was me but I found the stories a little bit muddled It was so hard to keep track of which woman was being discussed because in the middle of one woman s life it would be like oh and she also knew this other girl who was really cool so I ll talk about her right here and then get back to where I was I couldn t follow it It s also just so many women that unless you re really paying attention or #already familiar with them it s hard to keep track of #familiar with them it s hard to keep track of they are who they were married to who they were friends with tc and the book assumes you remember it allI gave up about 13 of the way through because I figured the writing style wasn t going to change Too bad I really like the author s bits on NPR but this book wasn t for me 3 stars for covering a topic that I think is cool anyway It is clear that Cokie Roberts 1 knows these women and their stories well and 2 likes them It is interesting to read about the women who did so much during the War for Independence and the Young Frankenstein early days of the United States of America Ms Roberts has a firm grasp of history and the place of thesearly women in itHaving said that I found this a hard book to read I suppose Films of Fritz Lang every writer of history faces a decision about how to present the material I was hoping for a set of mini biographies of these amazing women Instead Roberts presents the material as part of a history of the war and thearly days of the republic Unfortunately the material is so dense that it is hard to keep track of who is who and to remember what they have done Aldo Leopold’s Shack earlier in the book Sometimes she breaks out of chronological seuence flashing backward or forward in time Reaching thend of the book I have a sense of appreciation for these remarkable women but I don t have clear pictures of ach one an an individual I am ashamed that it took me so long to get around to reading this book it was given to me for Mother s Day in 2004 That s me looking sheepish Although I am a big fan of historical fiction straight up history tends to make my yes droopy so I A Case of Need by Michael Crichton Summary Study Guide either really have to be motivated or have some sort ofxternal force urging me onward Since my online book club chose this for our book of the month I knew this was the time to remove the dust jacket and sink my teeth into some American HistoryIn this case the history was not particularly dry in fact Cokie s writing was full of anecdotal and interesting stories about the wives daughters and relations of our Founding Fathers Her style was readable and informal I felt like I was sitting in a lecture hall being taught by a professor with a healthy sense of humor and irony Some parts were admittedly dull to me and I had to force myself to pick it up but I get that way with nonfiction sometimes I think I am just a plot driven reader for better or for worseThe book is divided into historical periods which was helpful What was not so helpful for me was how often I felt the narration jumped around Day By Day Armageddon either from person to person or from past to present well Revolutionary Present There were so many people and names that when we kept jumping back and forth I had a really hard time keepingveryone and their story straightTo remedy this instead of trying to be 100% aware at all times of who I was reading about I tried to mostly just appreciate what this book intended to teach me that these women deserve to have their stories told And while Martha Washington and Abagail Adams are familiar names many women were influential on not only their own men but on pre Revolutionary society as a whole A good part of what our country is today is a result of their opinions and their valiant fforts both during the Revolution and while our country was being slowly pieced together Not all the women in this book made great choices of course Some had affairs with married men and these affairs affected the course of historical vents Some women The Doubt Factory - FREE PREVIEW (The First 7 Chapters) even held their husbands back from public office adding to the workload of other Revolutionaries For good or bad these ladies had an important place in thevents of the RevolutionWhat Cokie did particularly well was to place these women in the context of the lives of their men And by doing so without Memories ever stating it outright she helps us to realize that these men immortalized on our money and in the names of ourlementary schools they were just that mortal men They had flaws and they made mistakes and they loved their wives and cheated on them They mo. From #1 New York Times bestselling author Cokie Roberts comes New York Times bestseller Founding Mothers an intimate and illuminating look at the fervently patriotic and passionate women whose tireless pursuits on behalf of their families–and their country–proved just as crucial to the forging of a new nation as the rebellion that stablished itWhile much has been written about the men who. Urned the loss of their children traveled back and forth constantly throughout a war torn land and fought tirelessly for a dream of governing themselves And while these men worked in the public sphere the women oversaw plantations alone ran fundraising campaigns for the soldiers wrote political plays raised children and buried them Martha Abagail and all the others who supported the Founding Fathers absolutely deserve three cheers of their own Sadly Ms Roberts Founding Mothers is pretty boring I generally like her work but I think only an occasional American history reader
would find newfind new here Ms Roberts has good subjects for her biographies but she doesn t have nough material for most of the characters A majority on the content seemed like a dry middle grade history I don t suggest this book but Capital Dames by the same author is much stronger and ntertaining A very slow read for me Although many of the behind the scenes stories surrounding the Founding Fathers and their women were very new and interesting to me they were not very well organized I kept having to scan back for dates and names making it a tedious read at times There was little flow or focus throughout the book as the author jumped from one story to the next sometimes connecting back to a story in the first chapter I also thought there seemed to be a lot of pointless uotes including many pulled out of context I am glad to have learned about the women who raised and impacted so many great #Men But I Can #but I can say that I d recommend this book to just anyone If you d like to learn a very little bit about a great many women who brushed shoulders with the Founding Fathers then maybe you ought to give it a read sometime As late as November 1792 when President George Washington was still telling her that he was determined to retire Eliza composed a letter detailing the conseuence of the sentiments that you had confided in me First she threatened him telling him that the well arned popularity that you are now in possession of will be torn from you by the nvious and malignant should you follow the bent of your inclinations People would say that he cared only about himself that the job could do nothing to add to his fame The Anti Federalist would use it as an argument for dissolving the Union and would urge that you from xperience had found the present system a bad one and had artfully withdrawn from it that you might not be crushed under its ruins Then she appealed to his patriotism Will you withdraw your aid from a structure that certainly wants your assistance to support it Can you with fortitude see it crumble to decay Then she played to his pride At this time you are the only man in America that dares to do right on all public occasionsyour very figure is calculated to inspire respect and confidence in the people And then she raised doubts about his judgment Have you not on some occasions found the consummation of your wishes
the source of the keenest of your sufferings This outpouring from a friend carried no self interestedsource of the keenest of your sufferings This outpouring from a friend carried no self interested with it Washington would run for a second termCokie Roberts a political reporter and analyst most often associated with NPR and ABC News passed away this September Among her contributions in the journalistic arena were three books tracing the history of influential women in American politics books that take us from the Revolution through to the Civil War Founding Mothers is the first of the series and chronicles the break from England the battle for independence and the construction of the government as seen through the yes of the women present and participating in this often ferocious ndeavorThe most common critiues of this work point to its loose structure and the freuency with which Ms Roberts breaks the fourth wall to offer an aside of her own She does indeed have a tendency to range though never far afield and to The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You! exclaim when a woman is being treated unfairly but I thought it a small price to pay for the amount of solid research that went into this account It is noasy task to relay the feats of women from an age when those acts were summarily dismissed as inconseuential and those voices deemed unworthy of recording There is so much correspondence here letters in which those female minds are genuinely More Than Human (Alterworld encountered and passages in which those voices striving toxpress to confront to advise to support and strengthen the cause and the birth of this nation are finally given their day In this the author has succeeded rather magnificentlyThere are and hopefully. Signed the Declaration of Independence battled the British and framed the Constitution the wives mothers sisters and daughters they left behind have been little noticed by history #1 New York Times bestselling author Cokie Roberts brings us women who fought the Revolution as valiantly as the men often defending their very doorsteps Drawing upon personal correspondence private journals and ve.