Book Review: First Mothers the Women Who Shaped the Presidents

This title was chosen ahead of time for me, by me, on my annual reading list.  I deemed it appropriate for May, because of Mother's Day.  What better inspiration for a mother than to read about other mother's whose sons reached the highest office in our country?

First Mothers was written by Bonnie Angelo, a reporter with Time, who had covered stories at the White House through eight administrations.  She uses this knowledge as well as interviews with past presidents and their families to write this impressive biography.

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First Mothers is a wonderful biography full of wisdom, quotes and history made by the work of these mothers.  This book sheds new light on the line: "The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world."  The chapters are dedicated to the mothers of Presidents: FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. 

What I found fascinating is that not one of the eleven mothers sought to have her son become president; many had no political aspirations for their family.
The common thread of each mother whether born wealthy or dirt poor, was that her son be a good man- strong in character and to be able to do what needs to be done. 
It was interesting that each son that would become president, held a special place in his mothers heart, not quite a favorite, but for lack o f a better word, a favorite none the less. Each mother would champion her son; always believing the best in him and encouraging him to do his best. The binding tie was that each mother who would have a president son, had an especially close relationship with her father.  She would hold him in high esteem and find her strength in this relationship that would then influence her and her sons futures. 

First Mothers is a book that sheds new light on powerful men who changed and made history.  A book that will charm and inspire you.

2015 Book List

A few years back I discovered that I was a –Fiction Snob! ( gasp )
 
I tended to gravitate towards fiction books more than any other genre. 
Which is not a bad thing. Especially when I considered the toddlers, naptime chaos and tantrums I experienced on a daily basis. 
 
I needed the escape fiction gave.
 
But as my children grew older, I felt ready to have topics or information to ponder and mull over. So I began forming an Annual Book List.
 
The Annual Book List was made up of non fiction, biographies, or topical titles. All choices were relatable to my interests or season of life.
 
I still kept up my fiction addiction, but these lists gave me a measure of accountability.
 
Each month I would select a title from the list & read. Fast forward many, many years and the annual book list is still going strong.
 
Here is the list I am working on now~

 

Do you make a Book List?