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

Written by Lisa McCubbin
Read by Amanda Carlin, with the recording produced by Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Audio

Reviewed by Ryan Paul Winn
Lisa McCubbin examines the life that poised Betty Ford for roles she didn’t seek. Within and beyond the White House, Ford made her personal struggles into tools that helped bring breast cancer and substance abuse out of the shadows. Reader Amanda Carlin captures Ford’s buoyancy, adding depth to McCubbin’s chronicle of the hoofer turned First Lady whose wit, grace, and resilience inspired a generation.

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Ryan Paul Winn is a columnist and media critic who’s rarely without an audiobook or his earbuds. When not writing or teaching in the Liberal Studies department at College of Menominee Nation in Keshena, Wisconsin, he can be found researching overlooked history in local and national archives.