Cokie Roberts's #1 New York Times bestseller We Are Our Mothers Daughters examined the nature of women's roles throughout history and led USA Today to praise her as a "custodian of time-honored values." Her second bestseller, From This Day Forward, written with her husband, Steve Roberts, described American marriages throughout history. Now Cokie returns with Founding Mothers, an intimate look at the passionate women whose tireless pursuits on behalf of their families and country proved just as crucial to the forging of a new nation as the rebellion that established it.
Roberts reveals the often surprising stories of these fascinating women, bringing to life the everyday trials of individuals like Abigail Adams, Mercy Otis Warren, Eliza Pinckney, Mary Bartlett and Martha Washington -- proving that without our exemplary women, the new country might have never survived.
Social history at its best, Founding Mothers unveils the determination, creative insight and passion of the other patriots, the women who raised our nation. Cokie Roberts proves beyond doubt that like every generation of American women that has followed, the founding mothers used the unique gifts of their gender -- courage, pluck, sadness, joy, energy, grace, sensitivity and humor -- to do what women do best, put one foot in front of the other in remarkable circumstances, and carry on.
Cokie Roberts has shown her knowledge of American history by the voice of an unseen group during this period: the women. I had absolutley no idea how much women influenced the founding of our nation. That is why I give Ms. Roberts a well deserved top rating. Bravo!
Boring and Inconsistent
Let's start off by saying that THIS IS NOT THE FULL BOOK! Instead, what you get is an audio recording that skips around all over the place. Many times you will be in the middle of a paragraph and the audiobook will skip ahead to a sentance that's in the middle of a paragraph 3 or 4 pages ahead. It's incredibly hard to follow if you're listening to this and reading the actual book at the same time. Also, the speed settings are horrible on anything other than regular speed - words cut into each other and it's a complete mess.
As far as the actual content in the book goes - it's terrible. It's basically 75 pages of women who actually did something, 100 pages of just the history of the United States - which doesn't include any mention of women at all, and another 100 pages of irrelevant stories and letters that are purely off topic conversations about the news or gossip. Also, some of the women mentioned did absolutely nothing for the country (such as Peggy Arnold).
In all, unless you're forced by your school to read this book or are just plain bored with your life, stay away.