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Betty Ford

First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer
Narrated by: Amanda Carlin
Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
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An intimate and insightful biography of Betty Ford, the groundbreaking, candid, and resilient first lady and wife of President Gerald Ford, from the number-one New York Times best-selling coauthor of Five Presidents and Mrs. Kennedy and Me.

Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer is the inspiring story of an ordinary Midwestern girl thrust onto the world stage and into the White House under extraordinary circumstances. Setting a precedent as first lady, Betty Ford refused to be silenced by her critics as she publicly championed equal rights for women and spoke out about issues that had previously been taboo - breast cancer, depression, abortion, and sexuality. 

Privately, there were signs something was wrong. After a painful intervention by her family, she admitted to an addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs. Her courageous decision to speak out publicly sparked a national dialogue, and in 1982, she cofounded the Betty Ford Center, which revolutionized treatment for alcoholism and inspired the modern concept of recovery. 

Lisa McCubbin also brings to light Gerald and Betty Ford’s sweeping love story: from Michigan to the White House, until their dying days, their relationship was that of a man and woman utterly devoted to one another other - a relationship built on trust, respect, and an unquantifiable chemistry. 

Based on intimate, in-depth interviews with all four of her children, Susan Ford Bales, Michael Ford, Jack Ford, and Steven Ford, as well as family friends and colleagues, Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer is a deeply personal, empathic portrait of an outspoken first lady, who was first and foremost a devoted wife and mother. With poignant details and rare insight, McCubbin reveals a fiercely independent woman who had a lively sense of humor, unwavering faith, and an indomitable spirit - the true story behind one of the most admired and influential women of our time. 

©2018 Lisa McCubbin (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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  • Debbie Spellecy
  • 16-09-2018

If you don't know who Betty Ford was....You will!

I didn't know much about Betty Ford until listening to this book. I had no idea she'd done and gone through so much. Our lives are much better today because of her honesty and her bravery. Thank you for sharing these stories of a wonderful woman.

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  • WesternCOriver
  • 24-11-2018

Wonderful back story!

As an ‘88 album of the Betty Ford Center I’ve read Betty Ford’s books, and returned many times to BFC for the annual Anniversary Reunion Weekends. This lovely book provides me with a deeply moving view that I did not have of Mrs. Ford and her family that I did not have.
I was fortunate to know her personality as simply “Betty”, and her powerful role modeling made a profound difference in my recovery & life.
She kindly touched so many lives. The pebble she cast into the pond of history, by her life continues to send out ripples that gently rocks the boats of thousands of women diagnosed with breasts cancer, those with chronic pain, prescription medicine addiction, other drug addictions, and alcohol dependency.
Ironically my symbol for the many transformations in my life, for so many years has been a butterfly. What a surprise at the end of the book to find out why!
God blessed Betty, I love this book for revealing how and why.

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  • lucilu
  • 29-10-2018

Read this book!

Betty Ford was an incredible and inspirational women, and Lisa McCubbin did a fantastic job of writing this!

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  • Kelly Smith
  • 07-01-2019

Exceptional, I didn't want it to end

From beginning to end you can tell that both the author and narrator took great care to present this detailed and lovingly told story of American gem, Betty Ford.

I felt like I was growing up with Betty as we are taken from her toddler years straight on through to her frail elder years and eventual passing on this earth. The narrator draws you in so that you feel Betty's excitement to date Mr. Ford, her dreams to be a professional dancer,her frustration to being thrust into the political limelight, her love for Gerald Ford and her children and her great struggle to overcome physical pain, pills and alcohol.

Written with reverence, respect and love this is an exceptional biography for an exceptional woman.