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Grace & Steel

Dorothy, Barbara, Laura, and the Women of the Bush Dynasty

J. Randy Taraborrelli

St. Martin's Griffin

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ISBN10: 1250248698
ISBN13: 9781250248695

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560 Pages



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Bestselling author J. Randy Taraborrelli reveals the unsung heroines of the inimitable Bush family dynasty: not only First Ladies Barbara and Laura, but other colorful women whose stories have been left out of history for far too long, including Barbara’s mother-in-law, the formidable Dorothy Bush; the enigmatic Columba and the controversial Sharon; and Laura’s twins, Jenna and Barbara.

No matter the challenges related to power and politics, the women of the Bush dynasty always fought for equality in their marriages as they raised their children to be true to American values. In doing so, they inspired everyday Americans to do the same. Or, as Barbara Bush put it, “The future of this nation does not depend on what happens in the White House, but what happens in your house.”


Praise for Grace & Steel

“Where Taraborrelli excels is in excavating the personal histories of the three women and how they were forever shadowed by painful episodes in their lives. [The Bush women] created a singular, admirable legacy, and this book portrays them as genuine, struggling human beings.”—The Washington Post

“Taraborrelli gives the Bushes the royal treatment . . . A glossy dissection of the women members of a family that has loomed large over decades of U.S politics.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Bestselling celebrity biographer Taraborrelli engagingly presents the background and stories of First Ladies Barbara and Laura, as well as Barbara’s mother-in-law Dorothy Walker Bush . . . [Grace & Steel] portrays the women of the Bush family as far more interesting, and occasionally more ambitious, than the men.”—Library Journal

“A unique and colorful look at one of America’s most powerful political families.”—Publishers Weekly

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J. Randy Taraborrelli

J. Randy Taraborrelli is the author of 20 biographies, most of which have become New York Times bestsellers, including: Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot; After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family 1968 to the Present, which was adapted as a mini-series for Reelz; and Jackie, Janet & Lee: The Secret Lives of Janet Auchincloss and Her Daughters, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill, which is being adapted for television by Taraborrelli.

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