Short Take: Capitol Dames – Cokie Roberts

Clear out a place on the bestseller displays for Roberts’ latest. Continuing the series she started with Founding Mothers and Ladies of Liberty, this new book explores the lives of Washington D.C.’s women during the upheaval of the Civil War. History buffs will recognize more famous figures like Clara Barton and Dorthea Dix—but Roberts also draws from unpublished letters and diaries in collections from Library of Congress, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the University of Chicago Library and the National Archives to paint a vibrant portrait of many unsung women who helped chart the course of our country.

Expect the usual juggernaut of publicity starting with The Diane Rehm Show, Good Morning America, Morning Joe, and NPR’s Morning Edition, as well as an upcoming essay by Roberts in Costco Connection. This one is likely to ride the display tables all the way through Mother’s Day.

Praise for Ladies of Liberty: “[Roberts] is perfectly placed to observe the ins and outs of Washington women. . . . If you love gossipy history, with lively quotes from primary sources (these ladies were fabulous correspondents!), then you’ll enjoy this book.”
   — Washington Post Book World

Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868 (9780062002761) by Cokie Roberts. $27.99 hardcover. 4/14/15 one day laydown.

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