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The Perfect Wife: The Life and Choices of Laura Bush

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Laura Bush is arguably the most popular figure in the Bush White House. Even the President's detractors would not hesitate to describe the First Lady as utterly sincere and devoted to family and country, whether she is advocating on behalf of education and libraries or comforting the nation in times of crisis.

Ann Gerhart of The Washington Post has covered Mrs. Bush since 2001, and no other reporter has interviewed the First Lady more often. Through this unparalleled access Gerhart has been able to uncover the woman behind the carefully maintained image. Far more than an uncomplicated maternal figure and dedicated wife, Laura Bush emerges as a complex and fascinating woman in her own right, who has composed a life of accomplishment for herself alongside her husband's tremendous ambitions.

The Perfect Wife tells the complete story from Mrs. Bush's upbringing to her whirlwind three-month courtship by George W. Bush and her role as a mother, wife, and public figure. An only child raised in asegregated and fiercely traditional West Texas town, she is less conservative than her husband and appealingly down-to-earth despite the extraordinary privileges of her position. Two tragedies have defined her: a car accident when she was seventeen and September 11, when she suddenly had to transform her job and take herself far more seriously. Ann Gerhart examines the First Lady's influences and motivations, reveals the depths to which her husband relies upon her, and assesses her achievements. Compelling and insightful, this is the first comprehensive account of a woman who has won the admiration of the nation and of the compromises and challenges that come with taking on the most examined volunteer job in the world.

Review:

"Gerhart's portrait of the first lady is much like the public perception of her: a pleasant, opaque woman and a conundrum." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"This primarily positive portrait will be in demand by an American public seemingly charmed by a dignified First Lady who stands proudly by her husband's side." Booklist

Synopsis:

From an award-winning Washington Post reporter and White House expert comes an intimate and revealing biography of the esteemed and enigmatic First Lady Laura Bush. of photos.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

Chapter One Midland

Chapter Two The Young Librarian

Chapter Three Bush Boy

Chapter Four Motherhood and Baseball

Chapter Five The Governor's Wife

Chapter Six The White House

Chapter Seven The Twins

Chapter Eight September 11

Chapter Nine War and Poetry

Acknowledgments

Sources

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743243834
Subtitle:
The Life and Choices of Laura Bush
Author:
Gerhart, Ann
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Presidents' spouses
Subject:
First Ladies
Subject:
General Biography
Publication Date:
20040106
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 14.56 oz

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"Review" by , "Gerhart's portrait of the first lady is much like the public perception of her: a pleasant, opaque woman and a conundrum."
"Review" by , "This primarily positive portrait will be in demand by an American public seemingly charmed by a dignified First Lady who stands proudly by her husband's side."
"Synopsis" by , From an award-winning Washington Post reporter and White House expert comes an intimate and revealing biography of the esteemed and enigmatic First Lady Laura Bush. of photos.
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