Not all governments have been run by men. Lives of Extraordinary Women turns the spotlight on the women who have wielded power, revealing their feats-and flaws-for all the world to see. Here you'll find twenty of the most influential women in history: queens, warriors, prime ministers, first ladies, revolutionary leaders. Some are revered. Others are notorious. But they were all real people with private interests and personalities. What were they really like? What did they do for fun? Did their neighbors gossip about them? What were their tragedies and their triumphs? In this grand addition to their highly praised series, Kathleen Krull and Kathryn Hewitt celebrate some of the world's most noteworthy women-rulers and rebels who refused to stay in the wings and let others run the show. Wild or mild, hated or beloved, each of these women dared to stand up and be a leader.
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by Kathleen Krull
by Conn Iggulden
by Joyce Carol Oates
by Thomas Locke
"This is a wonderful collection of short, easy biographical sketches of women who have affected the history of the world--whether they were born to power or came to it by the strength of their own personalities. The mixture of basic facts with tidbits of personal information, or gossip, makes the selections interesting and easy to listen to, while providing much food for thought about the lives of women--and who has wielded power--through the centuries. Melissa Hughes's narration is a perfect fit. She reads clearly and concisely, enunciating each word. Her pace is steady, and her words are forceful, adding strength to each woman's story. Her accents, when quoting the women themselves, are faint but accurate, giving the listener a sense of the culture and setting of that time and place in history. A helpful addition for the audiobook would be an insert, or place on the bookjacket, listing all the women included, plus the dates of their lives, which are given briefly on the tape. Still, this is an excellent selection for beginning women's studies. W.L.S. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"
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