Saturday, November 5, 2016

Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson by William Hazelgrove

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The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson

Literary Guild Selection 
History Book Club Selection
Movie Rights Optioned by Storyline Entertainment 
Foreword Reviews Five Stars 

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 Executive Office. 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, Mrs. Wilson 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, D.C. 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 "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. Movie Rights Optioned by Storyline Entertainment. A Selection of the History Book Club, Military Book Club, and Conservative Book Club. 

From the Inside Flap
With the possibility of our First Woman President on the horizon, it is amazing to think that Edith Wilson ruled the White House almost a hundred years ago. Taking over from her ailing husband she had only two years of schooling and had been married to Woodrow Wilson for four years when she found the reins of power in her lap. Edith Wilson had to finish up the negotiations for the end of World War I while keeping her husband alive as suffragettes protested outside the White House for the vote. This riveting story of a very unique woman who ran the country for almost two years can finally be told on the eve of another possible woman in the White House. Edith Wilson can teach us a lot about a potential Hillary Clinton presidency as she governed with a sick husband at her back and a country recovering from World War I. 

From the Back Cover
"An amazing secret unveiled about our country's past! Before women could
vote, one woman became the acting president through a twist of fate and
love for her husband, President Woodrow Wilson. William Hazelgrove's
riveting style lets us into the backrooms of the White House to see how a
woman who had only two years of formal education was able to pull it
off--and do it for two years. Incredible. A great read--and ride!"
-- Robin Hutton, author of the New York Times bestselling
Sgt. Reckless

"Heritage and history! William Hazelgrove chronicles Edith Bolling
Wilson's strong, independent nature in his enlightened account of one of
the most controversial but powerful women of the twentieth century. The
reader comes away with a new appreciation for Mrs. Wilson's selfless
motives and a better understanding of why this progressive Virginian has
been called Madam President."
-- FARRON SMITH, founder of the Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace
Foundation and Museum

William Elliott Hazelgrove is the best-selling author of ten novels and three works of nonfiction. Ripples, Tobacco Sticks, Mica Highways, Rocket Man, The Pitcher, Real Santa, Jackpine, My Best Year, The Bad Author, The Pitcher 2, Madam President The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson, Forging a President, How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosevelt, and Gangsters and Nymphs

Hazelgrove's books have received starred reviews in Publisher Weekly and Booklist, Book of the Month Selections, Literary Guild Selections, History Book Club Selections, Junior Library Guild Selections, ALA Editor’s Choice Awards and optioned for the movies. He was the Ernest Hemingway Writer in Residence where he wrote in the attic of Ernest Hemingway's birthplace. He has written articles and reviews for USA Today and other publications. He has been the subject of interviews in NPR's All Things Considered along with features in The New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Richmond Times Dispatch, USA Today, People, Channel 11, NBC, WBEZ, WGN. The Pitcher is a Junior Library Guild Selection and was chosen Book of the Year by Books and Authors. 

He runs a political cultural blog, The View From Hemingway's Attic.

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