Linda recommends two in honor of Presidents Day

Susan EspirituOur Town Readers

This week’s recommendations by Linda Sullivan, a lecture by President Jimmy Carter and a book on the Kennedy women, remind us not only have we had many remarkable presidents, but there have been incredible families behind their success as well.

The United States has celebrated Presidents Day for 145 years, initially as Washington’s Birthday, established in 1879 to celebrated Washington in honor of him being our first president and later changed to the third Monday in February so as to add Abraham Lincoln’s birthday as well.

It has become a day to recognize the contributions of many of country’s top leaders throughout the decades.

Linda recommends the inspiring, Nobel Prize Peace Lecture, given by our 39th president, Jimmy Carter, who won the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize for his dedicated efforts for peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.

There have been three other U.S. presidents to win the Nobel Peace Prize: Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, Woodrow Wilson in 1920 and Barack Obama in 2009.

Linda’s second recommendation is Jackie Ethel Joan: Women of Camelot, written by J. Randy Taraborrelli, an American journalist and celebrity biographer. Taraborrelli is known for his biographies of entertainers and political figures such as Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, the Hilton Family and the Kennedy family to name a few. He regularly appears on shows like Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America and Today.

Linda says, “I’ve always been fascinated by Jackie Bouvier Kennedy, and I’ve read several books about her through the years. I read this book to learn more about Ethel and Joan. I enjoyed it; maybe you’ll read this book or find another biography about strong women to read.”

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