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Volume 1 Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

Administration 1933-1945

Shortly after we arrived at the camp, Franklin and the guards went out to get the lay of the land, while I explored the cabin. I peeked in the corner closet in my room. Just as I was closing the closet door something on the shelf caught my eye. I reached up and found a small leather book on the top shelf. “My Diary” was written in beautiful calligraphy on the cover. Ordinarily, of course, I would never read someone else’s private property...But then my curiosity…”

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Volume 2 Elizabeth Wallace Truman

Administration 1945-1953

“How can I be the kind of First Lady everyone expects now? Mrs. Roosevelt has set a standard and quality of character for the wife of the president that I can’t possibly live up to. And I won’t. I am not Eleanor Roosevelt—never will be, don’t want to be. I’m just plain old Bess Wallace Truman. People are just going to have to accept that. Mrs. Roosevelt said we should try to help other First Ladies in these diaries. So, my first piece of advice is this…”

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Volume 3 Mamie Doud Eisenhower

Administration 1953-1961

“I saved the life of the President of the United States—my husband. We were visiting my mother in Denver. In the middle of the night, Ike came to my room and told me his chest hurt. We both thought it was indigestion, but I got worried and called Howard Snyder, Ike’s personal physician. I can still hear the first words he spoke to Ike: “Now listen here, General, you may be having a heart attack. Howard knew Ike was too unstable to be transported to the hospital…”

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Volume 4 Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy

Administration 1961-1963

“The missile crisis in Cuba is getting worse. Some staff members are making arrangements with their families where to meet in case the White House is evacuated.  I made a trial run tomy bomb shelter today to make sure everything was ready. I was horrified to discover there were no gas masks small enough for the children. When we turned on the emergency lights the batteries were dead, and there were no backups. We decided to…”

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Volume 5 Lady Bird Johnson

Administration 1963-1969

“Bess wrote that she always felt like she was in Eleanor Roosevelt’s shadow—I now understand what she meant. The idea that I will have to follow Jackie Kennedy as First Lady is overwhelming. I feel like I am suddenly onstage for a part I never rehearsed. Lyndon and I are completely different kinds of people than the Kennedy’s. Lyndon’s idea of formal is a tuxedo he can wear with his cowboy boots. We will give this all we’ve got…”

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Volume 6 Pat Ryan Nixon

Administration 1969-1974

COMING SOON!

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Volume 7 Elizabeth Bloomer Ford

Administration 1974-1977

COMING SOON!

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Volume 8 Rosalynn Smith Carter

Administration 1977-1981

COMING SOON!

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Volume 9 Nancy Davis Reagan

Administration 1981-1989

COMING SOON!

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Volume 10 Barbara Pierce Bush

Administration 1989-1993

COMING SOON!

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Volume 11 Hillary Rodham Clinton

Administration 1993-2001

COMING SOON!

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