New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2006. Photographs. First Edition, First Printing. Cloth and boards. 8vo, light beige quarter cloth with gold spine lettering over creamy yellow boards, illustrated with 16 glossy photograph-filled pages, pictorial endpapers, [xiv] + 493 pages +  About the Author. Fine / Fine. Item #1593
Dolley Madison's crucial contribution to the nation, according to Catherine Allgor, consisted of providing pleasant arenas during weekly receptions (known as "Mrs. Madison's Wednesday nights") around her dinner table in which the men and women of the early Republic could socialize without the formal constraints of government. James Madison and his colleagues may have "dreamed of and drafted the plan for the 'Grand Federal Edifice,'" but Allgor astutely observes that "Dolley built it brick by brick, one cup of tea, one favor, one connection at a time."--adapting Mary Beth Norton's Sunday Book review for The New York Times.
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