The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers

The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers

Streaming Audiobook - 2010
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With his usual storytelling flair and unparalleled research, Tom Fleming offers a compelling, intimate look at the founders-George Washington, Ben Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison-and the women who played essential roles in their lives. From hot-tempered Mary Ball Washington to promiscuous Rachel Lavien Hamilton, the founding fathers' mothers powerfully shaped their sons' visions of domestic life. But lovers and wives played more critical roles as friends and often partners in fame. We learn of the youthful Washington's tortured love for the coquettish Sarah Fairfax, wife of his close friend; of Franklin's two "wives, " one in London and one in Philadelphia; of Adams' long absences, which required a lonely, deeply unhappy Abigail to keep home and family together for years on end; of Hamilton's adulterous betrayal of his wife and their reconciliation; and how the brilliant Madison was jilted by a flirtatious fifteen-year-old and went on to marry the effervescent Dolley, who helped make this shy man into a popular president. Jefferson's controversial relationship to Sally Hemings is also examined, with a different vision of where his heart lay. Fleming nimbly takes us through a great deal of early American history, as the founding fathers strove to reconcile their private and public lives, often beset by a media every bit as gossip-seeking and inflammatory as ours today. He offers a powerful look at the challenges women faced in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. While often brilliant and articulate, the wives of the founding fathers all struggled with the distractions and dangers of frequent childbearing and searing anxiety about infant mortality. All the more remarkable, then, that these women loomed so large in the lives of their husbands-and, in some cases, their country.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2010.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781441756596
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (17hr., 25 min.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: Morey, Arthur
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Jul 10, 2015

I never pass up a read by Arthur Morey, this narrator is first on my list. Some interesting personals about founding fathers, but to my mind just a bit salacious too often. It will make me look into various subjects with greater interest & inspection. What president was a perfect mate? Can I name a possible 5? Human nature, a high-powered job, demands & stress on view to the world. I'd bet it's the woman at home that has the better judgement & less of a roving eye.

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