Cover image for The matriarch [large print] : Barbara Bush and the making of an American dynasty / Susan Page.
The matriarch [large print] : Barbara Bush and the making of an American dynasty / Susan Page.
Large print edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Twelve, 2019.

Physical Description:
592 pages (large print), [16] unnumbered pages of plates : colored illustrations ; 24 cm
Six brutal months -- "The fighting Pierces" -- The football star and the campus beauty -- Stuck in the midde -- Love and war -- "The street cop" -- How hard could it be? -- Darkness -- "What are we going to do about Bar?" -- The frost that never thawed -- Triumph -- First at last -- Grandma's house -- The reckoning -- D©♭tente -- The reluctant campaign -- Evicted -- First son -- A second First Lady named Bush -- Dynasty -- "We've had enough Bushes" -- "Hit in the solarplex" -- Indispensable.
The riveting tale of a woman who helped define two American presidencies and an entire political era... As a girl in Rye, New York, Barbara Bush weathered criticism of her weight from her mother, barbs that left lifelong scars. As a young wife, she coped with the death of her three-year-old daughter from leukemia, a loss that changed her forever. In middle age, she grappled with depression so serious that she contemplated suicide. And as first the wife and then the mother of American presidents, she made history as the only woman to see -- and advise -- both her husband and son in the Oval Office. As with many women of her era, Barbara Bush was routinely underestimated, her contributions often neither recognized nor acknowledged. But she became an astute and trusted political campaign strategist and a beloved First Lady. She invested herself deeply in expanding literacy programs in America, played a critical role in the end of the Cold War, and led the way in demonstrating love and compassion to those with HIV/AIDS. With her cooperation, this book offers Barbara Bush's last words for history -- on the evolution of her party, on the role of women, on Donald Trump, and on her family's legacy.
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973.928092 BUS PAG Large Print Book Large Print Collection

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