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About Lisa McCubbin

Lisa McCubbin is an award-winning journalist and the author of four New York Times bestselling books, including her most recent collaboration with renowned Secret Service agent Clint Hill, Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford (2016). 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.

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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Latest Blog Post

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of BETTY FORD

July 16, 2018

Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer Lisa McCubbin. Gallery, $28 (432p) ISBN 978-1-5011-6468-2 In this meticulously researched and delightful biography, McCubbin (Mrs. Kennedy and Me) skillfully chronicles the life of former first lady Betty Ford, both in and out of the White House. Born Elizabeth Ann Bloomer in 1918, Betty—the youngest of three…