Bookends: Mar. 16, 1987


by Betty Ford with Chris Chase

Doubleday; 217 pages; $16.95

"We were up in Vail, where we'd always come for the holidays, there was a lot of good snow, we were together, and I had my pills." Betty Ford made the worst of them. In a confession marked by candor and salinity, the former First Lady traces the history of her chemical abuse. Lesser women might have slunk off to obscurity. But Ford had a saving grace: the ability to feel embarrassment. When her family intervened, she first replied, "You are all a bunch of monsters. Get...