Books: That's Mrs. President To You

They rate second in the White House, but First Ladies are of primary interest to publishers this fall

Call it Hillary's legacy. First ladies, long consigned to the lacy fringes of history, are increasingly being seen as important figures, deserving of respect, scrutiny and biographies of their own. Says historian Carl Sferrazza Anthony, "Men got to the White House because of the sacrifices the women made."

Kati Marton's Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shaped Our Recent History (Pantheon Books; 414 pages; $25), provides a deft survey of a dozen First Couples, from Edith and Woodrow Wilson to Laura and George Bush. Marton mixes some good history with a lot of pop marriage psychology to show the part that...

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