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I Love You, Ronnie: The Letters of Ronald Reagan to Nancy Reagan
by Nancy Reagan Details
No matter what else was going on in his life or where he was--traveling to make movies, at the White House, or sometimes just across the room--Ronald Reagan wrote letters to Nancy Reagan, to express his love, thoughts, and feelings, and to stay in touch. Through these extraordinary letters and reflections, the private character and life of an American president and his first lady are revealed.
James & Dolley Madison: America's First Power Couple
by Bruce Chadwick Details
Using newly uncovered troves of letters at the University of Virginia, Chadwick has been able to reconstruct the details of the Madisons' personal and political lives. Based on this archive, the author argues that our fourth president--the architect of the Constitution--owed much of his success to the political savvy of his wife. And Dolley, through her many social skills, created the dynamic role of First Lady that we know today.
My Dear President: Letters Between Presidents and their Wives
by Gerard W. Gawalt Details
In this inspiring collection of correspondence between U.S. presidents and their wives are hundreds of unguarded moments of affection, strain, grief, and triumph, revealing as never before the private thoughts and working partnerships of our most public figures. Culled from the holdings of the Library of Congress and various presidential libraries and private collections, it is the most comprehensive compilation of its kind ever put together. More than half of the letters included here have never before been published, making this a historic as well as a heartfelt volume that casts a warm, new light on our leaders at their most open-hearted and vulnerable.
My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams
by John Adams Details
As a pivotal player in the American Revolution and the early republic, John Adams had a front-row seat at critical moments in the creation of the United States, from the drafting of the Declaration of Independence to negotiating peace with Great Britain to serving as the first vice president and second president under the U.S. Constitution. Separated more often than they were together during this founding era, John and Abigail shared their lives through letters that each addressed to "My Dearest Friend," debating ideas and commenting on current events while attending to the concerns of raising their children (including a future president). Full of keen observations and articulate commentary on world events, these letters are also remarkably intimate.
Pat and Dick: The Nixons, an Intimate Portrait of a Marriage
by Will Swift Details
When Americans remember the controversial Nixons, they usually focus on the political triumphs, the turbulent White House years, and the humiliating public downfall. But a very different image of the polarizing president emerges in this fascinating portrait of his relationship with Pat. Now, the couple's recently released love letters and other private documents reveal that as surely as unremitting adversity can fray the fabric of a marriage, devotion can propel it to surmount disgrace and defeat.
The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage
by Daniel Mark Epstein Details
Although the private lives of political couples have in our era become front-page news, the true story of this extraordinary and tragic first family has never been fully told. "The Lincolns" eclipses earlier accounts with riveting new information that makes husband and wife, president and first lady, come alive in all their proud accomplishments and earthy humanity.
The President & Mrs. Reagan: An American Love Story
by Harry Benson Details
As the Reagans' favorite photographer, Harry Benson has long enjoyed a special relationship with the former first family, photographing them numerous times. Nancy Reagan invited Benson to photograph the couple together one last time, a bittersweet occasion given the former president's Alzheimer's disease. That portrait and others spanning nearly 40 years are gathered together in this volume, which also contains an introduction by Patti Davis about her parents, as well as Benson's own memories of his encounters with the Reagans.
Updated 03/04/2016

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