Martha Washington by Patricia Brady
An American Life

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With this revelatory and painstakingly researched book, Martha Washington, the invisible woman of American history, at last gets the biography she deserves. In place of the domestic frump of popular imagination, Patricia Brady resurrects the wealthy, attractive, and vivacious young widow who captivated the youthful George Washington. Here are the able landowner, the indomitable patriot (who faithfully joined her husband each winter at Valley Forge), and the shrewd diplomat and emotional mainstay. And even as it brings Martha Washington into sharper and more accurate focus, this sterling life sheds light on her marriage, her society, and the precedents she established for future First Ladies.


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Patricia Brady is a social and cultural historian who served as director of publications at the Historic New Orleans Collection for twenty years.Her books include Martha Washington: An AmericanLife and George Washington’s Beautiful Nelly. She lives in New Orleans.
Published May 30, 2006 by Penguin Books. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Children's Books, War. Non-fiction

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In a short, admirable biography, Brady—who has edited several books about Nelly Custis Lewis, Martha Washington’s granddaughter—recreates the life and loves of America’s original first lady.

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