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Ellen and Edith: Woodrow Wilson's First Ladies (Modern First Ladies)

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The wives of Woodrow Wilson were strikingly different from each other. Ellen Axson Wilson, quiet and intellectual, died after just a year and a half in the White House and is thought to have had little impact on history. Edith Bolling Wilson was flamboyant and confident but left a legacy of controversy. Yet, as Kristie Miller shows, each played a significant role in the Wh ...more
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published October 15th 2010 by University Press of Kansas
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Brisbride13
Jul 20, 2012 Brisbride13 rated it really liked it
Overall I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The first part which covered the meeting, courting and married life of Ellen and Woodrow was hard for me to put down. Once Ellen dies and part 2 begins the book starts to slow down and my interest waned and to be honest, after Woodrow's marriage to his second wife Edith, I had to force myself to finish. From chapt 4 to chapt 7 could have been a biography about the president and that is not what ^ wanted to read about. However I have to be fair to the auth ...more
Kelly
Dec 03, 2014 Kelly rated it it was amazing
***I loved this book***
Ellens father was a Reverend who dealt with depression all his life, rumor has it he may have ended his life, almost causing Ellen to end her engagement with Woodrow. Ellen thought of herself as the "woman who would never love" and was also rumored to be known as "Ellen the man hater." Ellen was a very independent woman on her own right. She attend art school and volunteered at an African American school to teach children how to read and write.
Ellen was a practical, modes
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Dorothy Hall
Feb 07, 2016 Dorothy Hall rated it really liked it
What an illuminating and interesting book! Women's lives have always been complicated but these two women are remarkable in completely opposite ways. Woodrow Wilson was deeply loved but I'm not sure he deserved it. His two wives were polar opposite's and the contrast is intriguing.

History books focus on President Wilson and his actions. What is truly fascinating are the wives and lover who sustained the man who claimed he could not be president without them. What is a applauded in one era is oft
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Lisa of Hopewell
Well, that's THAT questioned answered! The first Mrs. Wilson and Woodrow availed themselves of condoms! Never did I think I'd read THAT in a footnote!

I think it is a shame that Woodrow was so duplicitous and disloyal and unfaithful when it was clear that he truly loved Ellen and their girls. We are all flawed, but his sweet love was so tarnished by his foolishness. I also agree with other reviewers that the first wife's part of this book was more about Woodrow and Mary than about Ellen.

On to Ed
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Catherine
Mar 03, 2011 Catherine rated it really liked it
After visiting the Woodrow Wilson home in DC a couple of years ago, I became interested in learning more about not only Woodrow Wilson, but his wives, first Ellen and then after Ellen’s passing, Edith.

The book is a bit academic in tone but provides an in-depth look into Wilson’s relationships with these two very influential, interesting, and different women.
Rebecca
Apr 18, 2012 Rebecca rated it liked it
Sadly this is still mostly about President Wilson than it is about his two wives, its as if the author keeps forgetting that she's supposed to be writing about them. Still, it is well written and some good information is given about their lives.
Kevin Kosar
May 24, 2011 Kevin Kosar rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book---who knew Woodrow Wilson was such a passionate fellow.

I reviewed it in the Weekly Standard magazine in May 2011: http://www.weeklystandard.com/article...
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