Ellen and Edith

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Title: Ellen and Edith: Woodrow Wilson's First Ladies
Published by: University Press of Kansas
Release Date: April 24, 2015
Contributors: Robert H. McGinnis (historical research)
Pages: 360
ISBN13: 978-0700621057


The wives of Woodrow Wilson were strikingly different from each other. Ellen Axson Wilson, quiet and intellectual, died after just a year and a half in the White House and is thought to have had little impact on history. Edith Bolling Wilson was flamboyant and confident but left a legacy of controversy. Yet each played a significant role in the White House.


“In this compelling book Miller has given us a rich portrait of Woodrow Wilson’s two wives, telling family stories that became deeply significant to the course of the twentieth century.”
—John Milton Cooper, author of Woodrow Wilson: A Biography

“Infelicitous prose, Miller brings to life two remarkable and very different first ladies. Readers will never view Wilson or his presidency the same way again.”
—Stacy A. Cordery, author of Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, from White House Princess to Washington Power Broker

“A fascinating, original contrast of two first ladies and with it a fresh view of their complex husband. An authoritative dual biography.”
—Michael McGerr, author of A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movement in America, 1870–1920

“Woodrow Wilson desperately needed adoring women to warm up his austere personality and to advise him. One of America’s most important presidents and the historic defender of internationalism and the right of self-determination, Wilson could not be a great man without feminine support. . . . Deeply researched and graced with balanced judgment, this is a book you must read to understand Wilson and the twentieth century.”
—Kathleen M. Dalton, author of Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life