#1 New York Times Bestselling Author and Journalist

"Meticulously researched... delightful ... insightful and beautifully told ... [Lisa] McCubbin skillfully chronicles the life of former first lady Betty Ford, both in and out of the White House."    

                                                               -- Publishers Weekly starred review

"An admiring portrait ... of a spirited woman."

                                                                                                    -- Kirkus Reviews


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About Lisa McCubbin

Lisa McCubbin is an award-winning journalist and the author of four New York Times bestselling books. Coming September 2018, is BETTY FORD: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer, the landmark biography of one of the most admired and influential women of our time. McCubbin co-authored the highly successful Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford (2016) with renowned Secret Service agent Clint Hill, which National Geographic is currently developing into a scripted television series.

About Betty Ford

Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer is the inspiring story of an ordinary Midwestern girl thrust onto the world stage and into the White House under extraordinary circumstances. Setting a precedent as First Lady, Betty Ford refused to be silenced by her critics as she publicly championed equal rights for women and spoke out about issues that had previously been taboo—breast cancer, depression, abortion, and sexuality. Privately, there were signs something was wrong. After a painful intervention by her family, she publicly admitted to an addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs. Her courageous decision sparked a national dialogue, and in 1982, she co-founded the Betty Ford Center, which revolutionized treatment for addiction and inspired the modern concept of recovery.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 12, 2018,  7:00pm – 9:00pm
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, Ann Arbor, MI
This event is part of the Betty Ford Centennial Celebration
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Thursday, September 13, 2018, 7:00pm
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
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Jackie Kennedy would be 89 Today

July 28, 2018

Today would be Jackie Kennedy’s 89th birthday. She’s been gone twenty-four years, and yet she remains an icon of fashion, elegance, and timeless beauty. I didn’t know her, but through my books with Secret Service agent Clint Hill, I’ve had the great privilege to get a rare glimpse into who she really was—the woman inside that…