Betty Ford: First Lady, Womens Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer

Betty Ford: First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Five Presidents and The Kennedy Detail comes an “insightful and beautifully told look into the life of one of the most public and admired first ladies” (Publishers Weekly)—Betty Ford.

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 co-founded 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 interviews with her children, Susan Ford Bales and Steven Ford, as well as family, friends, and colleagues, Betty Ford is “a vivid picture of a singularly influential woman” (Bookpage).

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  • BettyFord 001 Open
    Duration: 35s
  • BettyFord 002 Foreword
    Duration: 04min
  • BettyFord 003 Prologue
    Duration: 19min
  • BettyFord 004 Part1 Ch1
    Duration: 38min
  • BettyFord 005 Ch2
    Duration: 28min
  • BettyFord 006 Ch3
    Duration: 23min
  • BettyFord 007 Ch4
    Duration: 34min
  • BettyFord 008 Part2 Ch5
    Duration: 40min
  • BettyFord 009 Ch6
    Duration: 32min
  • BettyFord 010 Ch7
    Duration: 24min
  • BettyFord 011 Ch8
    Duration: 13min
  • BettyFord 012 Ch9
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  • BettyFord 013 Ch10
    Duration: 27min
  • BettyFord 014 Ch11
    Duration: 51min
  • BettyFord 015 Ch12
    Duration: 34min
  • BettyFord 016 Part3 Ch13
    Duration: 35min
  • BettyFord 017 Ch14
    Duration: 31min
  • BettyFord 018 Ch15
    Duration: 20min
  • BettyFord 019 Ch16
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  • BettyFord 020 Ch17
    Duration: 20min
  • BettyFord 021 Ch18
    Duration: 37min
  • BettyFord 022 Ch19
    Duration: 24min
  • BettyFord 023 Part4 Ch20
    Duration: 34min
  • BettyFord 024 Ch21
    Duration: 17min
  • BettyFord 025 Ch22
    Duration: 38min
  • BettyFord 026 Ch23
    Duration: 49min
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    Duration: 22min
  • BettyFord 028 Ch25
    Duration: 36min
  • BettyFord 029 Ch26
    Duration: 01h03min
  • BettyFord 030 Afterword
    Duration: 13min
  • BettyFord 031 Credits
    Duration: 01min