Betty Boyd Caroli

Betty Boyd Caroli

Betty Boyd Caroli's newest book, Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage that Made a President (Simon & Schuster, 2015) follows The Roosevelt Women (Basic, 1998; 1999); America's First Ladies (GuildAmerica, 1996) Inside the White House (Abbeville, 1992; expanded ed., GuildAmerica, 1999); Immigrants Who Returned Home (Chelsea, 1990); First Ladies (Oxford University Press, 1987; 1988; expanded eds., 1995, 2003, 2010). A different version of First Ladies was published (in both regular and large print editions) by Literary Guild (later BookSpan) in 1988, 1995, 2001, and 2009.

Caroli also authored Italian Repatriation from the U.S. (Center for Migration Studies, 1973; iUniverse, 2008); co-authored with Thomas Kessner, Today's Immigrants: Their Stories (Oxford University Press, 1981, 1982) and co-edited with Robert Harney and Lydio Tomasi The Italian Immigrant Woman in North America (Multicultural History Society of Ontario, Toronto, 1978).

Frequently appearing on national television to discuss the role of presidents' wives in American politics, Caroli has been a guest on Today, The O'Reilly Factor, Lehrer NewsHour, "Book Notes" with Brian Lamb, and others. Outside the US, she has appeared on BBC, Al Jazeera, French Public TV, and Italy's RAI.

A graduate of Oberlin College, Caroli holds a master's degree in Mass Communications from the Annenberg School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in American Civilization from New York University. A Fulbright scholar to Italy, she also held fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, the Hoover Presidential Library, the LBJ Foundation, and others. After studying in Salzburg, Austria and Perugia, Italy (but before joining the faculty at the City University of New York), she taught in Palermo and Rome, Italy.

She currently resides in New York City and Venice, Italy.

Author's Upcoming Tour Schedule for Lady Bird and Lyndon

Austin, Texas, Oct. 18, Texas Book Festival, C-Span Tent at 4 p.m.

Dallas, Texas, Oct. 19, Authors Live! Series, 7:00 p.m.

Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Oct. 24, Paragraphs Bookstore, 1:00 p.m.

New York, NY, Nov. 2, 92-Y, 12:00 p.m.

New York, NY, Nov. 3, New-York Historical Society, 6:30 p.m.

Washington, DC, Nov. 4, The National Archives, 12:00 p.m.

St. Louis, MO, Nov. 9, St. Louis County Library, 7:00 p.m.

Kansas City, MO, Nov. 10, Kansas City Public Library, 6:30 p.m.

Ann Arbor, MI, Nov. 12, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, 7:30 p.m.

Seattle, WA, Nov. 16, Town Hall Seattle, 7:30 p.m.

Atlanta, GA, Nov. 18, Atlanta History Center, 7:00 p.m.

Louisville, KY, Nov. 19, Louisville Public Library, 7:00 p.m.

To reach me directly, use email: bettycaroli@​

"A touching, sympathetic portrait of a successful marriage despite the agony and the stress.... Well done. An engaging dual biography of a most intriguing power couple."

"Caroli...fills out the portrait of a pragmatic political partnership emphasizing Lady Bird Johnson.... Caroli discerns how only 'Bird'...could supply the gentle guidance and practical sense that he needed to succeed....Recommended for history buffs and devotees of human behavior."
--Library Journal

"The coach, the adviser, the steady soothsayer to an erratic man--in these pages, Lady Bird Johnson bursts from history's shadows to her rightful place at the heart of a stirring story....This is a tremendous work of scholarship and storytelling."
--Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of Powers of Two

"With a shrewd and clear eye, Betty Caroli has redefined one of the most compelling marriages of twentieth-century American politics....Lady Bird finally takes center stage.... We see for the first time her political acuity and business savvy behind the scenes...keeping her volatile husband steady during his darkest moments, and helping Lyndon turn his sweeping ambitions into action."
--Sally Bedell Smith, author of For Love of Politics: Inside the Clinton White House

"In Lady Bird and Lyndon, Betty Caroli takes us inside the biggest mystery there is: a forty-year political marriage. The romance, love affair, and partnership between Miss Claudia Taylor and Lyndon Baines Johnson are all here for the first time--and so are their struggles and heartbreaks, a reminder that politics is complicated but family is even more so."
--Michael Duffy and Nancy Gibbs, coauthors of The Presidents Club

"Engrossing and perceptive....One of the essential studies of a modern first lady written by one of the masters of the field."
--Lewis L. Gould, author of Lady Bird Johnson: Our Environmental First Lady

"Out of Caroli's strikingly original portrait of this strong, smart woman emerges an irresistible tale of politics, ambition, and the power of unconditional marital love."
--David Maraniss, author of First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton

Praise for earlier books

The Roosevelt Women
"A vivid portrait....Even readers who think they already know everything ...will be surprised--and delighted...." Geoffrey C. Ward, author of A First-Class Temperament, The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt

First Ladies
"Impressive...Intelligent and perceptive...[An] engrossing, informative book." The Philadelphia Inquirer

Inside the White House

With more than 175 photographs, it takes you inside the world's most famous home.