• Madam President

  • The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson
  • By: William Hazelgrove
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (216 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An up-close look at Edith Wilson, a first lady with unequaled responsibilities during her husband's presidency.

After President Woodrow Wilson suffered a paralyzing stroke in the fall of 1919, his wife, First Lady Edith Wilson, began to handle the day-to-day responsibilities of the chief executive. Mrs. Wilson had had little formal education and had only been married to President Wilson for four years, yet in the tenuous peace following the end of World War I, she dedicated herself to managing the office of the president, reading all correspondence intended for her bedridden husband. Though her Oval Office authority was acknowledged in Washington circles at the time - one senator called her "the presidentress who had fulfilled the dream of suffragettes by changing her title from First Lady to Acting First Man" - her legacy as the first woman president is now largely forgotten.

William Hazelgrove's Madam President is a vivid, engaging portrait of the woman who became the acting president of the United States in 1919, months before women officially won the right to vote.

©2016 William Hazelgrove (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Transparency of the Health of the President

This book was written prior to Hillary Clinton’s defeat for the White House- Once again in 2020 we have the distinct opportunity of electing a woman Vice President-the extraordinary Kamala Harris-to the great Joe Biden as President.
Now with COVID-19 affecting Donald Trump- the transparency of the President’s health is an issue once again- the American public is kept in the dark about his chest x-rays and lung capacity.
I was disappointed that this book did not convey President Woodrow Wilson’s handling of 1918 worldwide Pandemic-aka The Spanish Flu- it was not discussed at all- I wanted to compare the way Wilson dealt with the crisis vs. Trump’s abysmal performance

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Some good information, very poorly organized

Contains some good information, but is extremely poorly organized and jumps around in a nonsensical manner. Author contradicts themselves in a couple of cubical points.

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A wonderful book about the first woman president.

William Hazelgrove does a extraordinary job of placing Woodrow Wilson and Edith Wilson within the context of their times. He also brings out their personalities as well as their devotion to each other. It was Edith’s devotion to Woodrow which caused her to conceal the full extent of his disability from the public and allowed her to assume the ”stewardship” of the presidency while she waited for his recovery. Likewise Burnadette Dunne’s narration was masterful.

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Great Untold History

I felt disappointed the story ended up being repetitive pretty much the same story with slight variations to the point I skipped chapters to hear the end, which it’s self was repetitive.

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Disappointed

I was looking forward to this book, only to be disappointed by the poor organization of the book and boring reading by the reader.

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Fascinating

Excellent book. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
I was totally unfamiliar with this story.
Highly recommend it.

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Interesting history

I had a had time listening. The reader was robotic. I had a hard time following the events but it’s an important part our our history and powered through.

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lots of repeating

This book could have been quite a bit shorter. Several times I thought I had accidentally rewound because the exact same phrase or story was repeated in different chapters.

Also learning the level of lying and deception that this woman conducted is disgusting. She wasn't the president. She was committing fraud and shouldn't be celebrated for that. Everytime the author refers to her as "President Edith" I got angrier.

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So very interesting

I very much enjoyed the history of this presidency. Interesting to learn how people react to life. And how deep respect and love energize. And how we can all rise to surprise ourselves when faced with circumstances that require so.

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Thoroughly enjoyable

Achieve greater understanding of the life and times of the early 20th Century. The personalities and politics of the Whitehouse has changed little in the hundred years since then.