Betty Ford

Betty Ford

First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer

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Baker & Taylor
The #1 New York Times best-selling co-author of Five Presidents and Mrs. Kennedy and Me presents a biography of Betty Ford, the groundbreaking, candid and resilient First Lady and wife of President Gerald Ford.

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Drawing on interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, a biography of the groundbreaking, candid, and resilient First Lady discusses her marriage, her determination to speak out on controversial issues, and her founding of the Betty Ford Center.
"An intimate and insightful biography of Betty Ford, the groundbreaking, candid, and resilient First Lady and wife of President Gerald Ford, from the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Five Presidents and Mrs. Kennedy and Me. Betty Ford: First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer is the inspiring story of an ordinary Midwestern girl thrust onto the world stage and into the White House under extraordinary circumstances. Setting a precedent as First Lady, Betty Ford refused to be silenced by her critics as she publicly championed equal rights for women, and spoke out about issues that had previously been taboo--breast cancer, depression, abortion, and sexuality. Privately, there were signs something was wrong. After a painful intervention by her family, she admitted to an addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs. Her courageous decision to speak out publicly sparked a national dialogue, and in 1982, she cofounded the Betty Ford Center, which revolutionized treatment for alcoholism and inspired the modern concept of recovery. Lisa McCubbin also brings to light Gerald and Betty Ford's sweeping love story: from Michigan to the White House, until their dying days, their relationship was that of a man and woman utterly devoted to each other--a marriage built on trust, respect, and an unquantifiable chemistry. Based on intimate in-depth interviews with all four of her children, Susan Ford Bales, Michael Ford, Jack Ford, and Steven Ford, as well as extended family, friends, and colleagues, Betty Ford is a deeply personal, empathic portrait of an outspoken first lady, who was first and foremost a loving wife and mother. With poignant details and rare insight, McCubbin reveals a fiercely independent woman who had a lively sense of humor, unwavering faith, and an indomitable spirit--the true story behind one of the most admired and influential women of our time"--
"An intimate and insightful biography of Betty Ford, the groundbreaking, candid, and resilient First Lady and wife of President Gerald Ford, from the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Five Presidents and Mrs. Kennedy and Me"--

Simon and Schuster
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Five Presidents and The Kennedy Detail comes an &;insightful and beautifully told look into the life of one of the most public and admired first ladies&; (Publishers Weekly)&;Betty Ford.

Betty Ford: First Lady, Women&;s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer is the inspiring story of an ordinary Midwestern girl thrust onto the world stage and into the White House under extraordinary circumstances. Setting a precedent as First Lady, Betty Ford refused to be silenced by her critics as she publicly championed equal rights for women, and spoke out about issues that had previously been taboo&;breast cancer, depression, abortion, and sexuality. Privately, there were signs something was wrong. After a painful intervention by her family, she admitted to an addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs. Her courageous decision to speak out publicly sparked a national dialogue, and in 1982, she co-founded the Betty Ford Center, which revolutionized treatment for alcoholism and inspired the modern concept of recovery.

Lisa McCubbin also brings to light Gerald and Betty Ford&;s sweeping love story: from Michigan to the White House, until their dying days, their relationship was that of a man and woman utterly devoted to one another other&;a relationship built on trust, respect, and an unquantifiable chemistry.

Based on intimate in-depth interviews with all four of her children, Susan Ford Bales, Michael Ford, Jack Ford, and Steven Ford, as well as family friends, and colleagues, Betty Ford: First Lady, Women&;s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer is a deeply personal, empathic portrait of an outspoken First Lady, who was first and foremost a devoted wife and mother. With poignant details and rare insight, McCubbin reveals a fiercely independent woman who had a lively sense of humor, unwavering faith, and an indomitable spirit&;the true story behind one of the most admired and influential women of our time.

Publisher: New York :, Gallery Books,, 2018
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781501164682
Branch Call Number: BIO Ford MCC
Characteristics: xvii, 411 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations (some colour) ;,24 cm

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IndyPL_EllenF Feb 12, 2019

There have been few women in modern politics who have been as beloved as First Lady Betty Ford. During the tension of post-Watergate Washington, she was a breath of fresh air, a woman not afraid to share her opinions, even when they weren't the same as her husband's, and who saved lives with her candid announcements of breast cancer and addiction. While sometimes a little chatty about clothing and parties, this biography is also a breath of fresh air in the present-day political tension and a testament to the enduring love of Betty and Gerald Ford.

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AnneCarolineDrake
Nov 15, 2018

Pres. Gerald R. Ford brought the country back from the brink after Watergate. Nixon tapped him to be VP after Spiro Agnew got caught with his hands in the proverbial cookie jar.

Nixon's press secretary during the Watergate years was Ron Ziegler. His parents lived across the hall from us when I was a young bride.

I thought Ford did the right thing by pardoning Nixon. The country needed to heal, but it cost Ford the 1976 election when Jimmy Carter was elected president.

Betty Ford was a breath of fresh air. She courageously broke down the walls of silence around breast cancer and saved a lot of lives. Sadly, like many women of her era, she paid the prices for her husband's political ambitions. She did what many women did: she drank and popped pills to cope. After leaving the White House, the Ford family staged an intervention and forced her into rehab. Her treatment was successful, and she is perhaps best known for the Betty Ford clinic in California.

Betty Ford, the book, is a well-researched account of Mrs. Ford's life from early dreams of becoming a professional dancer ~ she studied with Martha Graham in NYC ~ through a failed first marriage and her 58 year marriage to Pres. Ford. I'd forgotten that Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney were integral figures in the Ford Administration. I'd also forgotten that Mrs. Ford was a champion of the Equal Rights Amendment which failed.

I laughed and cried, but I gave the book just three stars because the section on her rehab was tedious and sometimes inappropriately intrusive. At the same time, it will be somewhat informative for families struggling with addiction and alcoholism.

I recommend the book because the Watergate years parallel our country's experience now. Thanks to Pres. Ford, we healed and re-united. The bicentennial celebrations in 1976 helped.

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