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Octavo, charcoal boards (hardcover), silver letters, 456 pp. Fine in a Fine dust jacket. From dust jacket: With his usual storytelling flair and unparalleled research, Tom Fleming examines the women who were at the center of the lives of the founding fathers. 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 uyouthful Washington's tortured love for the coquettish Sarah Fairfax, wife of his close friend; of Franklin's two Òwives,Ó one in London and one in Philadelphia; of Adams's 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 then their reconciliation; of 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...
Title: The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers.
Location Published: Smithsonian Books, 2007.
Categories: American Biography
Seller ID: vas761